(noun) a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (Ã¢ÂÂ¡ Ã¢ÂÂ)
(noun) a line of verse of such feet
Use "iambus" in a sentence
"That verse wherein the accent is on the even syllables may be called even or parisyllabic verse, and corresponds with what has been called iambic verse; retaining the term iambus for the name of the foot we shall thereby mean an unaccented and an accented syllable."
"As has already been said, the iambus is the common foot of English verse."
"Only we must be careful that by "iambus," in English poetry, we _meant_ an unstressed syllable, rather than a short syllable followed by a long one."