• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dactylic of or consisting of dactyls "dactylic meter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dactylic A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics .
    • Dactylic Dactylic meters.
    • a Dactylic dăk*tĭl"ĭk Pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as, dactylic verses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dactylic In prosody, constituting or equivalent to a dactyl; pertaining to or characteristic of a dactyl or dactyls; consisting of dactyls: as, a dactylic foot; a dactylic spondee; dactylic rhythm or meter; dactylic verses. The dactylic rhythm in classical poetry was regarded as especially majestic and dignified; a continuous sequence of dactyls, however, produced a relatively lighter and more animated effect, an admixture of spondees giving a more or less heavy or retarded movement to the verse. The most frequent dactylic meter is the hexameter. Other dactylic meters were used in Greek lyric poetry, and in the drama, especially in the earlier period, or in passages expressing lamentation (monodies and commatia). See hexameter and elegiac.
    • n dactylic A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls.
    • n dactylic plural Meters which consist of a repetition of dactyls or of equivalent feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Dactylic relating to or consisting chiefly of dactyls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dactylicus, Gr. daktyliko`s, fr. da`ktylos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dactylus—Gr. daktylos, a finger.


In literature:

This young Bosinney" (he made the word a dactyl in opposition to general usage of a short o) "has got nothing.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume I." by John Galsworthy
The metre of the song is dactylic; the accents being on the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th syllables.
"The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
This young Bosinney" (he made the word a dactyl in opposition to general usage of a short o) "has got nothing.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
In the late spring (April 27th) also, he wrote the short dactylic lyric, 'Ben Karshook's Wisdom.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
In all kinds of iambic verse the old Romans freely introduced spondees where the Greeks used iambi; so in hexameters spondees for dactyls.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Yis, sir, 'polyp' and 'dactyl' and th' whole rist av thim.
"Mike Flannery On Duty and Off" by Ellis Parker Butler
The Dactylic Hexameter, or Heroic Verse, consists theoretically of six dactyls.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
That is, if he ever was an infant, and called for his bottle in dactylic hexameter.
"Winning His "W"" by Everett Titsworth Tomlinson
How long ago it seems, that spring noonshine when two young men (we will call them Dactyl and Spondee) set off to plunder the golden bag of Time.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Who could be bothered with dactyls and spondees when goal-posts and touch-lines were far more to the point?
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

The epic roll of the furrow
Flung from the writing plow,
The dactyl phrase of the green-rowed maize
Measured the music of Now.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

Tuberculous dactylitis ( spina ventosa) secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis.