Iamb meaning

ī-ămbəs
A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of a short syllable followed by a long one.
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A metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one short syllable followed by one long one, or, as in English verse, of one unaccented syllable followed by one accented one (Ex.: “Tŏ stríve, tŏ séek, tŏ fínd, ănd nót tŏ yíeld”)
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A metrical foot in verse consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
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A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in delay.
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Origin of iamb

  • French iambe from Latin iambus from Greek iambos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French iambe, from Latin iambus.

    From Wiktionary