metrical foot

Definitions of metrical foot
1

n (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

Synonyms:
foot, metrical unit
Types:
show 7 types...
hide 7 types...
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:
beat, cadence, measure, meter, metre
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.