Definition of "iambus" [i•am•bus]
- (noun) Variant of iamb.
- (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."