The dactyl, which has the first syllable accented and the two latter unaccented: as, Jnthn, Jffrsn.
This foot, which is the opposite of the dactyl, is known as the anapest.
It will be noted that the dactyl is very closely related in expression to the trochee, and the anapest to the iambic.
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.
The dactyl, rolls round, expresses beautifully the majesty of the sun in his course.
The letters “v v v” indicate that the dactyl at the beginning of the line has been dropped.
Issuing upon the street, dactyl said something about going back to the office, but the air and sunlight said him nay.
There is a similar contrast in the cases of the dactyl and anapæst.
The dactyl, which has the first syllable accented and the two latter unaccented: as, "Jnthin, Jffr-sn."
But in all the feet except the fifth, a spondee ( ) may take the place of the dactyl.
metrical foot, late 14c., from Greek dactylos, literally "finger" (also "toe"), of unknown origin; the metrical use (a long syllable followed by two short ones) is by analogy with the three joints of a finger.
dactyl dac·tyl (dāk'təl)
A finger or toe; digit.
dactylo- or dactyl-