from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of trochees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Referring to poetry composed of trochees, feet of one stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.
- n. A poetical composition of this kind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to trochees; consisting of trochees.
- n. A trochaic verse or measure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characteristic of a trochee: as, trochaic rhythm.
- Constituting or equivalent to a trochee: as, a trochaic foot.
- Consisting or composed of trochees: as, trochaic verses.
- n. A trochaic verse or period.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or consisting of trochees
The metre is the eight-syllable trochaic, which is the commonest metre used by the Esthonians and Finns.
It is what has been heretofore called trochaic verse.
If "trochaic" measures do not always trip it on a light fantastic toe, neither do
But I hear it as a shifting dactylic/trochaic meter that periodically emerges as a series ofiambs.
Pretty straightforward iambic pentameter, except for the strong trochaic substitution in the first line and the two trochees that open line10.
Porter moved gracefully among poetic meters – iambic, trochaic, anapestic – and at his best is as funny as such titans of light verse as Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker.
I would never think trochaic tetrameters would be so fresh, but the main quality of the Kalevala is how simple it seems, how fresh and uncomplicated, how like the dawn of the world.
I liked my name, the alliteration of it, the solidity of its four trochaic syllables.
I looked in horror at the author of "Howl" who sat two feet away waiting for me to sing of the made-for-TV wife, the couple's crime of embezzlement, and the preacher's dalliance with a nubile church mouse -- all of it inexpertly crammed into two crappy trochaic pentameter stanzas.
There is a trochaic swell moving through it, rising and falling, so that as I say it my spirit rises and falls, too, softly, like a boat, or board.