Iambic I*am"bic, a. [L. iambicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. iambique.] 1. (Pros.) Consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented; as, an iambic foot. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to, or composed of, iambics; as, an iambic verse; iambic meter. See {Lambus}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • iambic — IÁMBIC, Ă, iambici, ce, adj. Care aparţine iambilor, privitor la iambi; scris în iambi. ♢ Metru iambic = sistem de versificaţie care are la bază iambul. – Din fr. iambique, lat. iambicus. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  iámbic adj. m …   Dicționar Român

  • Iambic — I*am bic, n. 1. (Pros.) (a) An iambic foot; an iambus. (b) A verse composed of iambic feet. [1913 Webster] Note: The following couplet consists of iambic verses. [1913 Webster] Thy gen | ius calls | thee not | to pur | chase fame In keen | iam |… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • iambic — [ī am′bik] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr iambique < L iambicus < Gr iambikos] of or made up of iambs n. 1. an iamb 2. [usually pl.] an iambic line of poetry …   English World dictionary

  • iambic — 1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from L. iambicus, from Gk. iambikos, from iambos metrical foot of one unaccented followed by one accented syllable, from iaptein to assail (in words), lit. to put forth. The meter of invective and lampoon in classical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • iambic — Poetry ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or using iambuses. ► NOUN (iambics) ▪ verse using iambuses …   English terms dictionary

  • iambic — 1. adjective Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance [J]ust before the rhythm becomes iambic, there will be a point reached at which the rhythm can hardly be said to be more iambic than it is trochaic. 2. noun An iamb; A line… …   Wiktionary

  • iambic — Synonyms and related words: Alexandrine, accent, accentuation, amphibrach, amphimacer, anacrusis, anapest, antispast, antispastic, arsis, bacchius, beat, cadence, cadenced, caesura, catalexis, chloriamb, chloriambus, colon, counterpoint, cretic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • iambic — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Verse] Syn. iambic pentameter, rhyme, versification; see poetry , verse 1 . 2. [A poetic meter] Syn. metrical foot, iambus, iamb; see foot 4 , meter …   English dictionary for students

  • iambic — i·am·bic || aɪ æmbɪk n. (Poetry) iambus, foot consisting of two syllables (the first syllable is long and the second short or the first syllable is stressed and the second unstressed); verse composed of iambic feet adj. of or pertaining to… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • iambic — n. 1. Iambus. 2. Iambic verse …   New dictionary of synonyms

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