Definition of "dactyl" [dac•tyl]

  • A metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented or of one long syllable followed by two short, as in flattery. (noun)
  • A finger, toe, or similar part or structure; a digit. (noun)
  • A metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡) (noun)

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  • Any digit of a vertebrate (noun)

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Use "dactyl" in a sentence
  • "Because of the lever action, the striking limb called a dactyl moves much faster than the releasing chitin and attains the tremendous acceleration."
  • "Some prefer the _Iambic_ (macron-breve) (short - long) as approaching the nearest to common language; for which reason, they say, it is generally made use of in fables and comedies, on account of it's resemblance to conversation; and because the dactyl, which is the favourite number of hexameters, is more adapted to a pompous style."
  • "Other researchers have studied a variety of ways for climbing robots to stick to walls, including dry adhesives, microspines, so-called "dactyl" spines or large claws like ROCRs, suction cups, magnets, and even a mix of dry adhesive and claws to mimic wall-climbing geckos."