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

  • n. A line of verse consisting of four metrical feet.
  • n. A line of verse consisting of four measures of two feet each, especially one in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter in classical prosody.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A line in a poem having four metrical feet.
  • n. A poetic metre in which each line has four feet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A verse or line consisting of four measures, that is, in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse, of eight feet; in other kinds of verse, of four feet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having four measures.
  • n. In prosody, a verse or period consisting of four measures.

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

  • n. a verse line having four metrical feet

Etymologies

Late Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron, from neuter of tetrametros, having four measures : tetra-, tetra- + -metron, measure; see -meter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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