What does iambic mean?

iambic meaning in General Dictionary

An iambic foot an iambus

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  • Consisting of a short syllable followed closely by a lengthy one or of an unaccented syllable followed closely by an accented as an iambic base
  • of or consisting of iambs
  • a verse line consisting of iambs
  • Consisting of a short syllable accompanied by an extended one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented; since, an iambic base.
  • regarding, or composed of, iambics; since, an iambic verse; iambic meter. See Lambus.
  • An iambic base; an iambus.
  • A verse made up of iambic feet.
  • A satirical poem (these types of poems having already been anciently written in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.

iambic meaning in Urban Dictionary

See iamb and iambic pentameter.


iambic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from Latin iambicus, from Greek iambikos, from iambos "metrical foot of just one unaccented accompanied by one accented syllable," from iaptein "to assail" (in terms), actually "to place forth." The meter of invective and lampoon in ancient Greek from the time it was employed for these types of by Archilochos, 7c. B.C.E.


iambic meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Consisting of a brief syllable followed closely by an extended one, or of an unaccented syllable accompanied by an accented; since, an iambic base.

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  • (letter.) An iambic base; an iambus.
  • (n.) A verse composed of iambic feet.
  • (n.) A satirical poem (such poems having been anciently written in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.

Sentence Examples with the word iambic

In order to perfect his knowledge of Christian doctrine, Psellus had recourse to the instructions of Photius, and then replied to his adversary in a long iambic poem, in which he maintained his orthodoxy.

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