long measure


noun

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

First recorded in 1710–20
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British Dictionary definitions for long measure

long measure

noun

another name for linear measure
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