/te tram"i teuhr/, n.
1. Pros. a verse of four feet.
2. Class Pros. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
3. Pros. consisting of four metrical feet.
[1605-15; < L tetrametrus < Gk tetrámetros having four measures. See TETRA-, METER2]

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      line of poetic verse that consists of four metrical feet. In English versification, the feet are usually iambs (an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one, as in the word ˘be|causé ), trochees (a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, as in the word tí|ger),˘ or a combination of the two. Iambic tetrameter is, next to iambic pentameter, the most common metre in English poetry; it is used in the English and Scottish traditional ballads, which are usually composed of four-line stanzas of alternating iambic tetrameter and trimeter.

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