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trimeter

Line breaks: trim|eter
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪmɪtə
 
, ˈtrʌɪ-/

Definition of trimeter in English:

noun

Prosody
A line of verse consisting of three metrical feet.
Example sentences
  • She will slip from dactyls to iambics, pentameter to trimeter, quatrains to sestets.
  • Poems in iambic dimeters and trimeters are found in abundance in her first book, as are poems written in trochaic measure.
  • In this way of talking, the ballad stanza alternates tetrameters (four-foot lines) with trimeters (three-foot lines).

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek trimetros, from tri- 'three' + metron 'measure'.

Derivatives

trimetric

1
Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈmɛtrɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • While lines one through eight roughly adhere to a trimetric structure, line nine-containing the statement ‘Reader, before you condemn, pause’ is heptametric, carrying roughly twice the rhythmic weight of previous lines.
  • Thus, three separate scales are needed to generate a trimetric projection of an object.
  • Should you want to save an isometric or trimetric named view rather than working with it as the default, simply set it as the default temporarily and choose View, Reorient.

trimetrical

2
Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈmɛtrɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The complex sentence fragment running over these lines is trimetrical in shape, but each trimeter is not a discrete unit.
  • The rhythmic romp of the waltz can be felt in the poet's iambic trimetrical quatrains.
  • Their lush certain music I doubt is wholly ascribable to this trimetrical device, however, which explains only their splendid cadence.

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