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tetrameter

[te-tram-i-ter] /tɛˈtræm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
Prosody. a verse of four feet.
2.
Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
adjective
3.
Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter2
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tetrameter

/tɛˈtræmɪtə/
noun (prosody)
1.
a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
2.
a verse composed of such lines
3.
(in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies
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Word Origin and History for tetra meter

tetrameter

n.

1610s, from Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron "verse of four measures," originally neuter of tetrametros (adj.) "having four measures," from tetra- "four" (see tetra-) + metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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Encyclopedia Article for tetra meter

tetrameter

line of poetic verse that consists of four metrical feet. In English versification, the feet are usually iambs (an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one, as in the word be|cause ), trochees (a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, as in the word ti|ger), or a combination of the two. Iambic tetrameter is, next to iambic pentameter, the most common metre in English poetry; it is used in the English and Scottish traditional ballads, which are usually composed of four-line stanzas of alternating iambic tetrameter and trimeter.

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