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trimeter

[trim-i-ter]Prosody
noun
  1. a verse of three measures or feet.
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adjective
  1. consisting of three measures or feet.
  2. Classical Prosody. composed of six feet or three dipodies.
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Origin of trimeter

1560–70; < Latin trimetrus having three measures < Greek trímetros. See tri-, meter2
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Examples from the Web for trimeter

Historical Examples

  • The trimeter iambic is a foot longer than our heroic measure.

    Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846

    Various

  • A trimeter is a division of verse consisting of three measures of two feet each.

  • The common-meter stanza contains four iambic lines, the first and third being tetrameter, and the second and fourth trimeter.

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

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

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

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster


British Dictionary definitions for trimeter

trimeter

noun
  1. a verse line consisting of three metrical feet
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adjective
  1. designating such a line
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Word Origin and History for trimeter

n.

"a verse of three metrical feet," 1560s, from Latin trimetrus, from Greek trimetros "having three measures," from tri- "three" + metron "a measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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