• WordNet 3.6
    • n pentameter a verse line having five metrical feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pentameter (Gr. & L.Pros) A verse of five feet.☞ The dactylic pentameter consists of two parts separated by a diæresis. Each part consists of two dactyls and a long syllable. The spondee may take the place of the dactyl in the first part, but not in the second. The elegiac distich consists of the hexameter followed by the pentameter.
    • a Pentameter Having five metrical feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pentameter In ancient prosody, a verse differing from the dactylic hexameter by suppression of the second half of the third and of the sixth foot; a dactylic dipenthemimeres or combination of two catalectic dactylic tripodies, thus:
    • n pentameter The first half of the line ended almost without exception in a complete word and often with a pause in the sense. Spondees were excluded from the second half-line. The halves of the line often terminated in words of similar ending and emphasis, generally a noun and its attributive. This meter received its name from a false analysis of some ancient metricians, who explained it as consisting of two dactyls, a spondee, and two anapests.
    • pentameter Having five metrical feet: as, a pentameter verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pentameter pen-tam′e-tėr a verse of five measures or feet
    • adj Pentameter having five feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; (see Penta-) + measure


In literature:

He customarily lay in bed until noon meditating pentameters on sunrise.
"Ponkapog Papers" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
His productions, all written either in heroic or pentameter verse, are numerous, and on various subjects.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
The Dactylic Pentameter consists of two parts, each of which contains two dactyls, followed by a long syllable.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
The perception of variations in the measures of an iambic pentameter line was first taken up.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Though the prevailing verse is iambic pentameter, we rarely find more than three or four real accents.
"An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway" by Martin Brown Ruud
The poem is a monologue, in unrhymed hexameters and pentameters.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
DECASYLLABLE, a 5-stress (pentameter) line; a term used properly only of syllable-counting metres such as the French.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
It must consist of exactly fourteen lines of iambic pentameter.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
A FIRST VERSE BOOK; being an easy Introduction to the Mechanism of the Latin Hexameter and Pentameter.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
The splendid pentameter is slightly misquoted by BALLIOLENSIS.
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various

In poetry:

For as the wave of the sea, upheaving in long undulations,
Plunges loud on the sands, pauses, and turns, and retreats,
So the Hexameter, rising and singing, with cadence sonorous,
Falls; and in refluent rhythm back the Pentameter flows.
"In The Harbour: Elegiac Verse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Williams is one of the principle architects of the American Voice in poetry that would establish OUR voice as distinct from the traditional iambic pentameter of Shakespearean English.
The sonnet, derived from the Occitan word sonnet and the Italian word sonetto, meaning "little poems ", consists of 14 lines, each containing ten syllables written in iambic pentameter.
T hey are young, they are angry, they speak in iambic pentameter and they have just begun a revolution.
Hip-hop rhymes and similes replace iambic pentameter in this Shakespeare 'ad-rap-tation'.
The entire package of each entry was judged, with marketability inspiring I Yam What I Yam's tagline to be read in Yambic Pentameter.