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trochaic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj trochaic of or consisting of trochees "trochaic dactyl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trochaic (Pros) A trochaic verse or measure.
    • a Trochaic (Pros) Of or pertaining to trochees; consisting of trochees; as, trochaic measure or verse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trochaic Pertaining to or characteristic of a trochee: as, trochaic rhythm.
    • trochaic Constituting or equivalent to a trochee: as, a trochaic foot.
    • trochaic Consisting or composed of trochees: as, trochaic verses. Trochaic verse is measured by dipodies, of the form . In ancient metrics the dipody is the shortest and the hexapody the longest trochaic colon, and the tetrameter catalectic (see tetrameter) the most usual meter. In English poetry trochaic meter is not infrequent in hymns and lyrics, and in Longfellow's “Hiawatha” the dimeter (tetrapody) is used throughout, as in the Kalevala, as a narrative (epic) meter. See ithyphallic, octonarius, scazon, septenarius.
    • n trochaic A trochaic verse or period.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trochaic a trochaic verse or measure
    • adjs Trochaic consisting of trochees
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. trochaïcus, Gr. or . See Trochee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., trochaios (pous, foot), running, tripping—trochos, a running—trechein, to run.

Usage

In literature:

The metre of this song is trochaic; that is, the accents fall regularly on the odd syllables.
"The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
Its trochaics move with a tide-like sound.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
The different kinds of verses are named Trochaic, Iambic, Dactylic, Anapaestic, according to the foot which forms the basis of their structure.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
Simple Trochaic, four beats per second: 1 2 3, 4 5 6; 7 8 9,10 11 12.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
The first, in trochaic ballad metre, telling the story, is one of the poet's weakest things.
"Matthew Arnold" by George Saintsbury
The result is the trochaic rhythm.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
Four lines, twelve syllables trochaic, caesura at seventh syllable.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
The third line is apparently trochaic.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
The majority of trochaic lines leads us to decide that the verse is trochaic.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
It was mostly written in trochaic septenarii.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
I love the occasional trochaic line; and so did many excellent writers before me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The hind-men responded with a sing-song trochaic dimeter which sounded like a long-drawn-out monosyllable.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
They are all in rhyming Latin, and chiefly, though with exceptions, in the loose trochaic metre called Leonine.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
The metres employed by Epicharmus were iambic trimeter, and especially trochaic and anapaestic tetrameter.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
Why is "Herve Riel" in trochaic movement?
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Both are by Christian Karl Ernst Wilhelm Buri, 1758-1820, in five-line (trochaic pentameter) stanzas.
"Ossian in Germany" by Rudolf Tombo
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