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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.”"