- a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
- Also called elegiac pentameter. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable.
- unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse.
- consisting of five metrical feet.
Origin of pentameter
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Examples from the Web for pentameter
It is either hexameter or pentameter, according to the scansion?
For the quadrisyllable ending to the pentameter, see at ii 10 Alcinoo (p 164).
The subject of transit must be Olympias, since otherwise the pentameter is without a subject.
The more natural abest absitque cannot be placed in a pentameter.
The error was induced by nec at the start of the pentameter.
- a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
- (in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable
- designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
Word Origin and History for pentameter
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