Definition of "iamb" [i•amb]

  • A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable or a short syllable followed by a long syllable, as in delay. (noun)
  • A metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (◡ –) (noun)

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  • A line of verse of such feet (noun)

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Use "iamb" in a sentence
  • "The "iamb" series makes visual reference to Josef Strau, an artist who uses lamps in his sculptures, and with whom Ms."
  • "And you can flip around an iamb so that the line begins with a little triplet, or an eighth note and a sixteenth note, which happens a lot—as in “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.”"
  • "You can change an initial trochee to an iamb by adding an “And” or an “O.”"