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iambus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Iambus  \I*am"bus\,  n.;  pl  L.  {Iambi},  E.  {Iambuses}.  [L. 
  iambus,  Gr  ?;  prob.  akin  to  ?  to  throw,  assail  (the  iambus 
  being  first  used  in  satiric  poetry),  and  to  L.  jacere  to 
  throw.  Cf  {Jet}  a  shooting  forth.]  (Pros.) 
  A  foot  consisting  of  a  short  syllable  followed  by  a  long  one 
  as  in  [a^]m[=a]ns,  or  of  an  unaccented  syllable  followed  by 
  an  accented  one  as  invent;  an  iambic.  See  the  Couplet  under 
  {Iambic},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  iambus 
  n  :  a  metrical  unit  with  unstressed-stressed  syllables  [syn:  {iamb}] 




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