Definition of decasyllabic in English:

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decasyllabic

Pronunciation: /ˌdekəsiˈlabik/
Prosody

adjective

(Of a metrical line) consisting of ten syllables.
Example sentences
  • Unlike Southwell's four other nativity poems, this one is written in decasyllabic six-ains, which we find frequently in his poetry.
  • They should be ruled rather by accent than by mere beat, but in no case may there be a line or lines which cannot be read as decasyllabic without difficulty or hesitation.
  • More precisely, you adapt a variation of decasyllabic meter, where your lines alternate between thirteen and seven syllables each.

noun

A metrical line of ten syllables.
Example sentences
  • Each line of ‘I mari del Sud’ begins with a decasyllable composed of three anapestic feet.
  • The division into two quartets followed by two tercets, a consistent rhyme scheme and the decasyllable stand out as these sonnets’ most obvious formal features.
  • While most sonnets conform to the usual rules of prosody, with their decasyllables and 14 rhymed lines, there are exceptions throughout the set.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dec·a·syl·lab·ic

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