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long measure

  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.
  2. linear measure.
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Origin of long measure

First recorded in 1710–20
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  • Richardson and Smollett and Fielding gave them a plenty of long-measure novels.

    The Spirit of America

    Henry Van Dyke

British Dictionary definitions for long measure

long measure

  1. another name for linear measure
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