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[fawr-tee-ner, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈti nər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Prosody
a line, especially an iambic line, consisting of 14 syllables.
1820-30; fourteen + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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a poetic line of 14 syllables; especially, such a line consisting of seven iambic feet. The form is also called a heptameter or septenary. It was used in Greek and Latin prosody and flourished in Elizabethan English narrative verse but since then has been used only rarely. When each fourteener is written as two lines of eight and six syllables, it becomes the standard ballad metre, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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