Definitions for dactylˈdæk tɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dac•tylˈdæk tɪl(n.)

  1. a prosodic foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in


    Category: Prosody

  2. a finger or toe.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of dactyl:

1350–1400; ME < L dactylus < Gk dáktylos finger



  1. pterodactyl.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of -dactylous , esp. with nouns

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dactyl(noun)

    a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables

  2. digit, dactyl(noun)

    a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates


  1. dactyl(Noun)

    A poetical foot of three syllables (u2014 ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.

  2. Origin: From δάκτυλος, three bones of the finger corresponding to three syllables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dactyl(noun)

    a poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tegm/n/, E. mer6ciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger

  2. Dactyl(noun)

    a finger or toe; a digit

  3. Dactyl(noun)

    the claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean


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