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decasyllabic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj decasyllabic having or characterized by or consisting of ten syllables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Decasyllabic Having, or consisting of, ten syllables.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decasyllabic Having ten syllables: as, a decasyllabic verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Decasyllabic dek-a-sil-ab′ik having ten syllables.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. deca-, + syllabic,: cf. F. décasyllabique, décasyllable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. deka, ten, syllabē, a syllable.

Usage

In literature:

It is in rime; mostly decasyllabic couplets, but with free intermixture of alternative rime and frequent lyrical passages.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
This is in decasyllabic verse, arranged in stanzas of seven lines each.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
All these poems are written in decasyllabic rhymed verse, with varied arrangement of the rhymes.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
In the decasyllabic line the cesura generally followed the fourth, but sometimes the sixth, tonic syllable.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Those decasyllabic quatrains are a decided departure from Mrs. Renshaw's usual style, which explains the slight lack of fluency.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Then come sixty-five epistles written in couplets for the most part decasyllabic.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Not only the decasyllabic, but the lyric, in short lines had almost died out of memory, and Wyatt brought it back.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
He maintained that the lines were regular decasyllabics.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
The decasyllabic line was an old measure; so was the seven-line stanza, both in Provencal and French.
"Medieval English Literature" by William Paton Ker
The middle division of each contains ten decasyllabic lines.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
Decasyllabic iambic lines rhyming together form an "heroic" metre.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
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