Iambic

Definition of Iambic

I`am´bic
a.1.(Pros.) Consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented; as, an iambic foot.
2.Pertaining to, or composed of, iambics; as, an iambic verse; iambic meter. See Lambus.
n.1.(Pros.) An iambic foot; an iambus.
Thy gen- | ius calls | thee not | to pur- | chase fame
In keen | iam- | bics, but | mild an- | agram.
- Dryden.
2.A satirical poem (such poems having been anciently written in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.

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