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Definition of "iambic" [i•am•bic]

  • Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance: iambic pentameter. (adjective)
  • An iamb. (noun)
  • A verse, stanza, or poem written in iambs. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs (adjective)

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  • (in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs (adjective)
  • A metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs (noun)
  • A type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs (noun)

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Use "iambic" in a sentence
  • "In this poem the feet are iambic and there are four of them, consequently we name the meter of this poem _iambic tetrameter_."
  • ""The twilight hours like birds flew by," is made up of four iambic feet, and is therefore an _iambic tetrameter_."
  • "But I hope it shows that what we call iambic pentameter is really, if you count the rest the way you must count it, a kind of slow waltz rhythm."