pentameter[pen tam′ət ər]
pentameter definition by Webster's New World
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- a line of verse containing five metrical feet or measures; esp., English iambic pentameter (Ex.: “Hĕ jésts |ăt scárs |whŏ név |ĕr félt |ă woúnd”)
- verse consisting of pentameters; heroic verse
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek pentametros: see penta- and amp; meter
having five metrical feet or measures
pentameter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
- English verse composed in iambic pentameter.
Origin: Latin, from Greek pentametros : penta-, penta- + metron, measure; see meter1.