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Dactyl   /dˈæktɪl/   Listen
Dactyl

noun
1.
A metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables.
2.
A finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates.  Synonym: digit.



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"Dactyl" Quotes from Famous Books



... their trained ears so different that it can be recognized at once. The rhythms are varied by the number of beats of the right hand to one of the left, and by the different degrees of speed with which the tune is played. The general beat may be compared to the dactyl of ancient Greek and Roman versification. The left hand plays the long syllable, if we may so speak, while the right plays the two short ones. The combinations, however, are as intricate as the ...
— The Manbos of Mindano - Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir • John M. Garvan

... be substituted for another and not make the rhythm feel irregular. So long as the accent is not changed from the first syllable to the last, or from the last to the first, there is no jar in the flow of the lines. The trochee and the dactyl are interchangeable; and the iambus ...
— English: Composition and Literature • W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

... verse. Had he been so, Eustathius, an excellent critic and warm admirer of HOMER, had never affirmed, that some of his lines want a head, some a tail, and others a middle. Some begin with a word that is neither dactyl nor spondee, some conclude with a dactyl, and in the intermediate part he sometimes deviates equally from the established custom. I confess that instances of this sort are rare; but they are surely, though few, sufficient ...
— The Iliad of Homer - Translated into English Blank Verse • Homer



Words linked to "Dactyl" :   phalanx, toe, nail, foot, metrical unit, extremity, appendage, minimus, vertebrate, finger, metrical foot, craniate, member



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