hexameter

Definitions:

  • Verse written in lines of six metrical feet, especially classical verse in which the first four feet of each line are either dactylic or spondaic, the fifth dactylic, and the sixth spondaic.
  • A single line of such verse.
  • In <em>prosody</em>, containing or consisting of six measures; having a length of six feet or six dipodies; especially, composed of six feet, of which the first four are dactyls or spondees, the fifth ordinarily a dactyl, sometimes a spondee, and the last a spondee or trochee: as, a <em>hexameter</em> line, verse, or period.
  • In <em>prosody</em>, a period, line, or verse consisting of six measures.
  • Having six metrical feet, especially dactyls and spondees.
  • A verse of six feet, the first four of which may be either dactyls or spondees, the fifth must regularly be a dactyl, and the sixth always a spondee. In this species of verse are composed the Iliad of Homer and the Æneid of Virgil. In English hexameters accent takes the place of quantity.
  • a <xref>line</xref> in a <xref>poem</xref> having <xref>six</xref> <xref>metrical</xref> <xref>feet</xref>
  • a <xref>poetic</xref> <xref>metre</xref> in which each <xref>line</xref> has <xref>six</xref> <xref>feet</xref>
  • a verse line having six metrical feet
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