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long measure

noun
1.
Also called long meter. Prosody. a four-line stanza in iambic tetrameter, often used in hymns, with the second and fourth lines rhyming and sometimes the first and third lines rhyming as well.
Origin of long measure
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20
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Examples from the Web for long measure
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  • That psalms of tribulation be sung with a low voice and long measure; 2.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • Our weights are even more distracting than our long measure.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • That rest which he would not give himself when his sensations prompted, he has now to take in long measure.

    The Data of Ethics

    Herbert Spencer
  • That rest which he would not give himself when his sensations prompted he has now to take in long measure.

  • It was a long measure of more than fifty sections, carefully planned and skillfully drawn.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
British Dictionary definitions for long measure

long measure

noun
1.
another name for linear measure
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