from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete line of verse or in a metrical foot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Which has an extra syllable added to the last dipody (foot of a verse).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a syllable or two beyond measure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prosody, having an additional syllable or half-foot (thesis or arsis) after the last complete dipody: as, a hypercatalectic colon or verse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (prosody) a line of poetry having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of the last metrical foot
- adj. (verse) having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete verse or in a metrical foot
Mr Guest's rule, ending the verse, and where it would, consequently, make a hypercatalectic eleventh syllable, still be pronounced -- as
He explained to me most seriously the differences between trimeter Iambics when they were catalectic, acatalectic, hypercatalectic.
The rhythm of the lines is marked, the effect upon the ear being quite like that of English iambic pentameters hypercatalectic.
The normal line of which these quatrains are composed is a thirteen-syllabled one divided by a central pause, so that the first half is an iambic dimeter catalectic, and the second an iambic dimeter hypercatalectic.