a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
Origin: From Greek ἴαμβος "a poetic meter".
a foot consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, as in /mans, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one, as invent; an iambic. See the Couplet under Iambic, n
Origin: [L. iambus, Gr. ; prob. akin to to throw, assail (the iambus being first used in satiric poetry), and to L. jacere to throw. Cf. Jet a shooting forth.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ī-am′bus, n. a metrical foot of two syllables, the first short and the second long, as in L. fĭdēs; or the first unaccented and the second accented, as in deduce—also Iamb′.—adj. Iam′bic, consisting of iambics.—n. iambus.—adv. Iam′bically, in the manner of an iambic.—v.i. Iam′bise, to satirise in iambic verse.—n. Iambog′rapher, a writer of iambics. [L.,—Gr. iambos, from iaptein, to assail, this metre being first used by writers of satire.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a metrical foot, consisting of two syllables, of which the first is short and the second long, or in which the stress is on the second.
The numerical value of iambus in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of iambus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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