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tetrameter

[ te-tram-i-ter ]

noun

  1. Prosody. a verse of four feet.
  2. Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.


adjective

  1. Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.

tetrameter

/ tɛˈtræmɪtə /

noun

  1. a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
  2. a verse composed of such lines
  3. (in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tetrameter1

1605–15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter 2

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Example Sentences

A stanza made up of tetrameter alternating with trimeter is very common.

The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.

There are four feet in each verse; so the poem is written in iambic tetrameter.

In the same way, one decides that “The Song of Hiawatha” is written in trochaic tetrameter.

The metres employed by Epicharmus were iambic trimeter, and especially trochaic and anapaestic tetrameter.

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