from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having three syllables
- n. a word comprised of three syllables
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a trisyllable; consisting of three syllables.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a trisyllable; consisting of three syllables; as, a trisyllabic word or root.
That verse wherein the accent falls on every third syllable, may be called trisyllabic verse; it is equivalent to what has been called anapestic; and we will still use the term anapest to express two unaccented and one accented syllable.
He wrote the book, and much of the rest of his life's work, in rhyming anapestic meter, also called trisyllabic meter.
Plus, it just sounds better as a trisyllabic epithet.
** The Fog Index: [(number of words/number of sentences) + words three syllables and above, not counting proper nouns or words made trisyllabic with simple "- ing" type suffixes] x 0.4 = the number of years of formal education that a person requires in order to easily understand the text on the first reading.
If all are disyllabic or trisyllabic, then there will be either 102 or 153 syllables.
Obama, too, is now strongly associated with a straightforward, trisyllabic message -- "Yes we can" -- although instead of imperatively employing a negative of a negative ( "Don't be evil"), his is an optimistic, election-ready double positive.
However, although his actual name isn't Miltonic or especially literary, it is indeed trisyllabic with a disyllabic nickname, and Latinate, and has at least a sort of Early Modern connection.
Shakespeare chooses names for them that are similar almost the the point of interchangeability: Hermia, Helena, both trisyllabic, beginning in 'He' with the stress on the first syllable and ending in 'a'.
"Neutrinics" was trisyllabic nonsense to Mrs. Potterley, but she knew it had nothing to do with history.
= There are twenty trisyllabic pentameter endings in