long measure



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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  • 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


another name for linear measure
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