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amphibrach

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n amphibrach a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amphibrach ăm"fĭ*brăk (Anc. Pros) A foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short (˘ -- ˘); as, hăbērĕ. In modern prosody the accented syllable takes the place of the long and the unaccented of the short; as, pro-phet"ic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amphibrach In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short: as, hăbērě, in Latin: the opposite of amphimacer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amphibrach am′fi-brak in prosody, a foot of three syllables—a short, a long, and a short, as ămārĕ. The name is sometimes applied in English to such a word as amusement, where an accented syllable falls between two unaccented.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., Gr. short at both ends; 'amfi` + brachy`s short
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr., made up of Gr. amphi, on each side, brachys, short.

Usage

In literature:

The amphibrachic measure begins weakly and ends strongly, and thus approximates, we may say, to the iambic type.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
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