Definitions for iambˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•ambˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb(n.)

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

    Come live / with me / and be / my love.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of iamb:

1835–45; short for iambus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. iamb, iambus(noun)

    a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables


  1. iamb(Noun)

    A metrical foot in verse consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.

  2. Origin: From iambe, from iambus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iamb(noun)

    an iambus or iambic


  1. Iamb

    An iamb, or iambus, is a metrical foot used in various types of poetry. Originally the term referred to one of the feet of the quantitative meter of classical Greek prosody: a short syllable followed by a long syllable. This terminology was adopted in the description of accentual-syllabic verse in English, where it refers to a foot comprising an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.


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