metre

Primary Meanings of metre

1.
n
the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
2.
n
rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
Full Definitions of metre
1

n the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)

Synonyms:
m, meter
Type of:
metric linear unit
a linear unit of distance in metric terms
2

n rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

Synonyms:
meter, time
Type of:
rhythmicity
the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music

n (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Synonyms:
beat, cadence, measure, meter
Types:
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catalexis
the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
scansion
analysis of verse into metrical patterns
common measure, common meter
the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
foot, metrical foot, metrical unit
(prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
dactyl
a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
iamb, iambus
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
anapaest, anapest
a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
amphibrach
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
trochee
a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables
spondee
a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables
dibrach, pyrrhic
a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
Type of:
poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern
(prosody) a system of versification

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