from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Containing 11 syllables.
- n. A verse of 11 syllables.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having eleven syllables.
- n. A word or line of eleven syllables.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to a line of eleven syllables.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of eleven syllables: as, a hendecasyllabic line or verse.
- n. In prosody, a line or colon (series) consisting of eleven syllables. In ancient metrics the name is especially given to certain frequent logaœdic meters, namely: the alcaic hendecasyllabic , the Phalæcean hendecasyllabic , and the Sapphic hendecasyllabic . This last in the form is the Pindaric hendecasyllabic. An Archilochian hendecasyllabic is an iambic trimeter catalectic . An example of Phalæcean hendecasyllabics in English is
That Chaucer admits the doubled ending we see by numerous unequivocal instances from all moods of the verse, mirthful and solemn; these show a versification friendly to the doubled ending; and must go far to remove any scruple of admitting Tyrwhitt's conception of it as generally hendecasyllabic.
Fourthly, if you take account of the said troublesome E, almost universally these deficient measures become filled up to the due complement -- become decasyllabic or hendecasyllabic, as the case may be.
Finally, I resolved to follow the example of many other writers and compose a whole separate volume in the hendecasyllabic metre; nor do I regret having done so.
In the course of his recitation he had produced a small hendecasyllabic poem in praise of Pliny's own verses.
The metres most often employed are elegiac, hendecasyllabic, and the scazon.
In the hendecasyllabic he is smoother and more polished.
It is composed of a hundred cantos, written in the measure known as terza rima, with its normally hendecasyllabic lines and closely linked rhymes, which Dante so modified from the popular poetry of his day that it may be regarded as his own invention.
He used all metres — iambic, elegiac, hendecasyllabic, and the hexameter — and wrote in Greek as well as in Latin.
The three hundred and fifty-eight dedicatory epigrams include sixteen in hexameter and iambic, and one in hendecasyllabic; and among the seven hundred and fifty sepulchral epigrams are forty-two in hexameter, iambic, and other mixed metres.
In a hundred and thirty-three hendecasyllabic verses the story of