- a dactylic line of six feet, as in Greek and Latin epic poetry, in which the first four feet are dactyls or spondees, the fifth is ordinarily a dactyl, and the last is a trochee or spondee, with a caesura usually following the long syllable in the third foot.
- any line of verse in six feet, as in English poetry.
- consisting of six metrical feet.
Origin of hexameter
Examples from the Web for hexameter
Historical Examples of hexameter
The hexameter in poetry is a measure having six poetic feet to the line.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
And, as a further favour, finish the hexameter in this epigram?
Were his friends in the habit of talking in hexameter verse?Hieroglyphics
It wasnt exactly a hexameter nor yet an iambic mode of expression.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
His best poem is an elaborate eulogy on Charlemagne, written in hexameter.Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum
- a verse line consisting of six metrical feet
- (in Greek and Latin epic poetry) a verse line of six metrical feet, of which the first four are usually dactyls or spondees, the fifth almost always a dactyl, and the sixth a spondee or trochee