Brachycatalectic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brachycatalectic (Gr. & Last. Pros) A verse wanting two syllables at its termination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brachycatalectic In prosody, wanting the last foot of the last dipody: as, a brachycatalectic verse or line. This term is properly applied only to lines measured by dipodies, such as trochaics and iambics. The ordinary English heroic line, as, for example, Ŏf mān′ s fĭrst dīs │ ŏbēdiĕnce ānd │ thĕ frū it, is an iambic trimeter brachycatalectic, as contrasted with the corresponding acatalectic trimeter, as, Seĕ hōw hĕ līes │ ăt rāndŏm, cāre │ lĕsslȳ dĭffū s′ d.
    • n brachycatalectic A verse wanting the last foot of the last dipody.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; brachy`s short + to leave off; cf. incomplete