Ionic foot
Ionic I*on"ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five recognized by the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. Its distinguishing feature is a capital with spiral volutes. See Illust. of {Capital}. [1913 Webster]

{Ionic dialect} (Gr. Gram.), a dialect of the Greek language, used in Ionia. The Homeric poems are written in what is designated old Ionic, as distinguished from new Ionic, or Attic, the dialect of all cultivated Greeks in the period of Athenian prosperity and glory.

{Ionic foot}. (Pros.) See {Ionic}, n., 1.

{Ionic mode}, or {Ionian mode}, (Mus.), an ancient mode, supposed to correspond with the modern major scale of C.

{Ionic sect}, a sect of philosophers founded by Thales of Miletus, in Ionia. Their distinguishing tenet was, that water is the original principle of all things.

{Ionic type}, a kind of heavy-faced type (as that of the following line). [1913 Webster]

Note: This is Nonpareil Ionic.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ionic foot — ▪ prosody       in prosody, a foot of verse that consists of either two long and two short syllables (also called major ionic or a maiore) or two short and two long syllables (also called minor ionic or a minore). * * * …   Universalium

  • Ionic — I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic dialect — Ionic I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic mode — Ionic I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic sect — Ionic I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic type — Ionic I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic — /uy on ik/, adj. 1. Archit. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders that in ancient Greece consisted of a fluted column with a molded base and a capital composed of four volutes, usually parallel to the architrave with a pulvinus …   Universalium

  • Ionic — I•on•ic [[t]aɪˈɒn ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) archit. of or designating one of the five classical orders of architecture, characterized by a fluted column with a molded base and a capital composed of two pairs of connected volutes. 2) pro noting or employing …   From formal English to slang

  • Ionic — /aɪˈɒnɪk/ (say uy onik) adjective 1. Architecture denoting or relating to one of the three Greek orders (order def. 35b) , distinguished by its slender proportions, the volutes on the capitals, and the continuous (often figured) frieze. 2.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ionic — I*on ic, n. 1. (Pros.) (a) A foot consisting of four syllables: either two long and two short, that is, a spondee and a pyrrhic, in which case it is called the {greater Ionic}; or two short and two long, that is, a pyrrhic and a spondee, in which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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