noun Etymology: Late Latin, having eight feet, from Late Greek oktametros, from okta- + metron measure — more at measure Date: 1889 a line of verse consisting of eight metrical feet

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  • Octameter — Oc*tam e*ter, n. [Cf.L. octameter in eight feet. See {Octa }, and {meter}.] 1. (Pros.) A verse containing eight feet; as, Deep in|to the | dark ness | peer ing, | long I | stood there | wond ring, | fear ing. Poe. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Octameter — in poetry is a line of eight metrical feet. It is not very common in English verse. E.g.: Trochaic Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore While I nodded, nearly… …   Wikipedia

  • octameter — [äk tam′ət ər] n. [LL, having eight feet < Gr oktametros: see OCTA & METER1] a line of verse containing eight metrical feet or measures …   English World dictionary

  • octameter — /ok tam i teuhr/, Pros. adj. 1. consisting of eight measures or feet. n. 2. Also, octometer. an octameter verse. [1840 50; < LL < Gk oktámetros (adj.), equiv. to okta OCTA + métr(on) METER + os adj. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • octameter — oc•tam•e•ter [[t]ɒkˈtæm ɪ tər[/t]] adj. 1) pro consisting of eight measures or feet 2) pro an octameter verse • Etymology: 1840–50; < LL < Gk oktámetros …   From formal English to slang

  • octameter — /ɒkˈtæmətə/ (say ok tamuhtuh) adjective 1. having eight measures or feet to a line of verse. –noun 2. an octameter verse. {Late Latin, from Greek oktametros of eight measures} …   Australian English dictionary

  • octameter — noun A line of verse containing eight metrical feet …   Wiktionary

  • octameter — n. verse line with eight metrical feet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • octameter — oc·tam·e·ter …   English syllables

  • octameter —   n. verse line of eight feet …   Dictionary of difficult words

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