Hypermeter

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hypermeter (Pros) A verse which has a redundant syllable or foot; a hypercatalectic verse.
    • Hypermeter Hence, anything exceeding the ordinary standard. "When a man rises beyond six foot, he is an hypermeter ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hypermeter In prosody: A verse or period having one more syllable at the end than properly belongs to the meter which it represents; especially, a heroic hexameter with an additional syllable in the last foot, usually intended to be elided by synaphea before a vowel beginning the next line; a dolichurus.
    • n hypermeter A period consisting of more than two or three cola; a hypermetron.
    • n hypermeter A line or meter with one syllable beyond the last complete foot or measure. The word is not infrequently found in this sense in books on English versification; but it is a departure from the original nomenclature of prosody.
    • n hypermeter Anything greater than the ordinary standard of measure.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. beyond all measure; "ype`r over, beyond + measure: cf. F. hyperm├Ętre,

Usage

In literature:

Such a verse is called an Hypermeter.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
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