Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A metrical foot having three short or unstressed syllables.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as tribrachial.
  • noun In ancient prosody, a foot consisting of three short times or syllables, two of which belong to the thesis and one to the arsis, or vice versa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. & L. Pros.) A poetic foot of three short syllables, .

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A classical metrical foot having three short or unstressed syllables
  • noun A circular platform on three legs each having levelling screws; used to connect a theodolite to a tripod

Etymologies

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

[Latin tribrachys, from Greek tribrakhus : tri-, tri- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]

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Greek τρείς, three + βραχύς, short

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