from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line of verse consisting of eight metrical feet.

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  • n. A line of verse containing eight metrical feet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A verse containing eight feet; as, -- Deep" in|to" the | dark"ness | peer"ing, | long" I | stood" there | wond'"ring, | fear"ing.
  • n. A molecule composed of eight monomer units bound to each other, usually in a linear array.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In prosody, consisting of eight measures (monopodies or dipodies).
  • n. In prosody, a verse or period consisting of eight measures. This word is little used, except in the sense of ‘octapody’ by some writers on modern versification who confound measure with foot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a verse line having eight metrical feet


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  • I wrote tons of sonnets, and got really decent at iambic octameter/pentameter.

    mousepoet Diary Entry

  • ” The former is trochaic—the latter is octameter acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with tetrameter catalectic.

    The Philosophy of Composition

  • Verses of seven and eight feet are rare; they are called heptameter and octameter, respectively.

    English: Composition and Literature

  • The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.

    English: Composition and Literature

  • I'm going full-out: trochaic octameter (I am too verbose for iambic pentameter) with internal and cross-line rhyme.


  • —“trochaic octameter with lines two and four catalectic.”


  • It actually disables any understanding of the poem to say that what he’s doing is trochaic octameter.


  • D.), while the latter kind can naturally only occur in those circles whose couplet forms an octameter (A. E.).

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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