Definition of "tetrameter" [te•tram•e•ter]

  • A line of verse consisting of four metrical feet. (noun)
  • A line of verse consisting of four measures of two feet each, especially one in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter in classical prosody. (noun)

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Use "tetrameter" in a sentence
  • "The poem is written mostly in tetrameter, which is common enough."
  • "A sudden hexameter will burst forth from a poem written in tetrameter, for instance, or a line will turn up that is difficult to scan at all."
  • "He was working in something we would call anapestic tetrameter, which is also the rhythm of “Twas the night before Christmas.”"