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.
- pen·tam·e·trist, noun
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How to use pentameter in a sentence
The lovers speak entirely in iambic pentameter, which works much better than it should.
The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.
If these verses were composed in good Latinity, the first word of the pentameter probably was justitiam.
The meter is iambic pentameter; but the first foot of the second line is a trochee, and emphasizes thoughts with fine effect.
It consists of nine verses, the first eight being iambic pentameter, and the ninth line iambic hexameter, or Alexandrine.
Unrhymed poetry, usually in iambic pentameter measure, is known as blank verse.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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