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Meaning of IAMBIC

Pronunciation:  I'ambik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a verse line consisting of iambs
  2. [adj]  (prosody) of or consisting of iambs; "iambic pentameter"

IAMBIC is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: verse, verse line



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I*am"bic\, a. [L. iambicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. iambique.]
    1. (Pros.) Consisting of a short syllable followed by a long
       one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented;
       as, an iambic foot.
    2. Pertaining to, or composed of, iambics; as, an iambic
       verse; iambic meter. See {Lambus}.
  2. \I*am"bic\, n.
    1. (Pros.)
       (a) An iambic foot; an iambus.
       (b) A verse composed of iambic feet.
    Note: The following couplet consists of iambic verses.
                Thy gen- | ius calls | thee not | to pur- | chase
                fame In keen | iam- | bics, but | mild an- |
                agram.                             --Dryden.
    2. A satirical poem (such poems having been anciently written
       in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.
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