Amphibrach Am"phi*brach ([a^]m"f[i^]*br[a^]k), n. [L. ?, Gr. ? short at both ends; 'amfi` + brachy`s short.] (Anc. Pros.) A foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short ([crescent] -- [crescent]); as, h[a^]b[=e]r[e^]. In modern prosody the accented syllable takes the place of the long and the unaccented of the short; as, pro-phet"ic. [1913 Webster]

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  • amphibrach — (n.) 1580s, from L. amphibrachus, from Gk. amphibrakhys, a foot consisting of a long syllable between two short, lit. short at both ends, from amphi on both sides (see AMPHI (Cf. amphi )) + brakhys short (see BRIEF (Cf. brief) (adj.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • amphibrach — [am′fə brak΄] n. [L amphibrachys < Gr, lit., short before and after < amphi , AMPHI + brachys, short: see MERRY] a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one long syllable between two short ones, or, in English verse, of one …   English World dictionary

  • Amphibrach — An amphibrach is a metrical foot used in Latin and Greek prosody. It consists of a long syllable between two short syllables. Amphibrachs are seldom used to construct an entire poem. They mainly occur as variants within, for instance, an… …   Wikipedia

  • amphibrach — noun Etymology: Latin amphibrachys, from Greek, literally, short at both ends, from amphi + brachys short more at brief Date: 1858 a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables in quantitative verse or of a stressed… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amphibrach — amphibrachic, adj. /am feuh brak /, n. Pros. a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is short, long, short in quantitative meter, or unstressed, stressed, unstressed in accentual meter. Thus, together is an accentual… …   Universalium

  • amphibrach — /ˈæmfəbræk/ (say amfuhbrak) noun (in prosody) a trisyllabic foot in which the syllables come in the following order: short, long, short (quantitative metre), or unstressed, stressed, unstressed (accentual metre). Thus, together is an accentual… …   Australian English dictionary

  • amphibrach — noun /ˈamfɪbɹak/ a) A metrical foot in ancient Greek or Latin consisting of two short syllables surrounding one long one (e.g. ). Then Banoffsky launched into Glinkas great amphibrachs [...]: Subside, agitation of passion! b) A metrical foot in… …   Wiktionary

  • Amphibrach — Am|phi|brạch 〈m.; (e)s od. e, en; Metrik〉 = Amphibrachys …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Amphibrach — Am|phi|brạch 〈m.; Gen.: (e)s od. en, Pl.: e od. en〉 = Amphibrachys …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • amphibrach — am·phi·brach …   English syllables

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