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heptameter

Line breaks: hept|am¦eter
Pronunciation: /hɛpˈtamɪtə
 
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Definition of heptameter in English:

noun

Prosody
A line of verse consisting of seven metrical feet.
Example sentences
  • Iambic heptameters, known as ‘fourteeners’ from their syllabic count, were employed by a number of poets in the 15th and 16th centuries, for example in Chapman's translation of Homer.
  • Poems written in heptameter tend to jog along and are usually comic in character.
  • Hexameters, for example, are difficult to handle, and heptameters are apt to break into two lines of four and three stresses each, the so-called ballad metre.

Origin

late 19th century: via late Latin from Greek heptametron, from hepta- 'seven' + metron 'measure'.

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