I*am"bic (?), a. [L. iambicus, Gr. : cf. F. iambique.]

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 Iambus.

 

© Webster 1913.


I*am"bic, n.

1. Pros.

  1. An iambic foot; an iambus.
  2. A verse composed of iambic feet.

The following couplet consists of iambic verses.

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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