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Meaning of HEXAMETER

Pronunciation:  hek'samitur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a verse line having six metrical feet

HEXAMETER is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: verse, verse line



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hex*am"e*ter\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? of six meters; (sc.
    ?) hexameter verse; "e`x six + ? measure: cf. F.
    hexam[`e]tre. See {Six}, and {Meter}.] (Gr. & Lat. Pros.)
    A verse of six feet, the first four of which may be either
    dactyls or spondees, the fifth must regularly be a dactyl,
    and the sixth always a spondee. In this species of verse are
    composed the Iliad of Homer and the [AE]neid of Virgil. In
    English hexameters accent takes the place of quantity.
          Leaped like the | roe when he | hears in the | woodland
          the | voice of the | huntsman.           --Longfellow.
          Strongly it | bears us a- | long on | swelling and |
          limitless | billows, Nothing be- | fore and | nothing
          be- | hind but the | sky and the | ocean. --Coleridge.
  2. \Hex*am"e*ter\, a.
    Having six metrical feet, especially dactyls and spondees.