Definitions of iamb

  1. a metrical unit with unstressed- stressed syllables
  2. An iambus or iambic.

Usage examples for iamb

  1. 157. Here are fourteen stanzas of composite dimeter, each having two sorts of lines; the first sort consisting, with a few exceptions, of a dactyl and an amphimac; the second, mostly, of two iambs; but, in some instances, of a trochee and an iamb;- the latter being, in such a connexion, much the more harmonious and agreeable combination of quantities. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  2. Clearly and spend- is an iamb, but Getting is not. – The Principles of English Versification by Paull Franklin Baum
  3. By the present scansion, the first foot is an iamb in all of them but the two anapestics. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. His theory recognized but two feet, the iamb and the trochee, which he defined in terms of accent. – An anthology of German literature by Calvin Thomas
  5. Everybody had something to say and got to his feet to say it well, even if some of them did brandish a turkey wing or a Iamb rib to emphasize their points. – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess