Prosody. a verse of four feet.
Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.

1605–15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter2

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tetrameter (tɛˈtræmɪtə)
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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1612, from L. tetrametrus, from Gk. tetrametron "verse of four measures," originally neuter of tetrametros (adj.) "having four measures," from tetra- "four" + metron "measure" (see meter (2)).
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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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