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trochee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trochee a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trochee (Pros) A foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short, as in the Latin word ante, or the first accented and the second unaccented, as in the English word motion; a choreus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trochee In prosody, a foot of two syllables, the first long or accented and the second short or unaccented. The trochee of modern or accentual versification consists of an accented followed by an unaccented syllable. The trochee of Greek and Latin poetry consists of a long time or syllable, forming the thesis (or metrically accented part of the foot), succeeded by a short as arsis, and is accordingly trisemic and diplasic. Its resolved form is the (trochaic) tribrach . In the even places of a trochaic line an irrational trochee or spondee is frequently substituted for the normal trochee, as also in the so-called “basis” of logaœdic verse. The irrational trochee may take an apparently anapestic form . This foot receives its names of trochee (running) and choree or choreus (dancing) from its rapid movement and fitness to accompany dances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trochee trō′kē a metrical foot of two syllables, so called from its tripping or joyous character: in Latin verse, consisting of a long and a short, as nūmĕn; in English verse, of an accented and unaccented syllable, as tri′pod
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. trochaeus, Gr. (sc.), from running, from to run. Cf. Troche Truck a wheel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., trochaios (pous, foot), running, tripping—trochos, a running—trechein, to run.

Usage

In literature:

The final trochee, a long and a short syllable, rhymes with the following or preceding line.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
A trochee, or tribrach, will do very well.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
You will observe this is verse of eight syllables with four trochees to a line.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
Two types were chosen, the trochee and the dactyl.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
His imagination is too bold to be confined by the petty limits of trochee or iambus.
"Continental Monthly, Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
To say that the first phrase is made up of a dactyl and two trochees means very little.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
At last we are free from the tyranny of the iambic, and have variety beyond the comparative freedom of the trochee.
"The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory" by George Saintsbury
In the following selection from "Evangeline," trochees are substituted for dactyls, yet there is no break in the rhythm.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
My brothers thought that the tortures of the condemned groaned, the flames of hell darted through these trochees.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Notice the use of the trochee to express the loving entreaty in "A Woman's Last Word" (p. 6).
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
But is the trochee suited to our heroic verse?
"The Real Gladstone an Anecdotal Biography" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
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