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dac·tyl

 (dăk′təl)
n.
1.
a. A metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented, as in flattery.
b. A metrical foot in quantitative verse consisting of one long syllable followed by two short syllables.
2. A finger, toe, or similar part or structure; a digit.

[Middle English dactil, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktulos, finger, toe, dactyl (the three syllables of a dactyl being likened to the three phalanges of a finger ).]

dac·tyl′ic (-tĭl′ĭk) adj. & n.
dac·tyl′i·cal·ly adv.

dactyl

(ˈdæktɪl)
n
1. (Poetry) prosody Also called: dactylic a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (¯˘˘). Compare bacchius
2. (Anatomy) zoology any digit of a vertebrate
[C14: via Latin from Greek daktulos finger, dactyl, comparing the finger's three joints to the three syllables]

dac•tyl

(ˈdæk tɪl)

n.
1. a prosodic foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in humanly.
2. a finger or toe.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dactylus < Greek dáktylos finger]
dac•tyl′ic, adj.

-dactyl

var. of -dactylous, esp. with nouns: pterodactyl.

dactyl

- Your dactyls are your toes.
See also related terms for toes.

dactyl

a digit; a finger or toe. See also measurement.
See also: Fingers and Toes
a foot of three syllables, the flrst long or accented, the following two short or unaccented. — dactylist, n. — dactylic, adj.
See also: Verse

dactyl

A metrical foot of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dactyl - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
2.dactyl - a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
phalanx - any of the bones of the fingers or toes
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
minimus - the fifth digit; the little finger or little toe
finger - any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); "her fingers were long and thin"
toe - one of the digits of the foot
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
Translations

dactyl

[ˈdæktɪl] Ndáctilo m

dactyl

n (Zool) → Zehe f, → Finger m; (Liter) → Daktylus m

dac·tyl

n. dáctilo, dedo de la mano o del pie.
References in classic literature ?
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.
The abbe, who was quite innocent of Latin, nodded his head, in cadence, at every roll which La Fontaine impressed upon his body, according to the undulations of the dactyls and spondees.
This heavily mineralized appendage, called a dactyl club, is what a new study looked at.
The portrait of the filmmaker's friend Nakou that began the third night's order seemed to me to assign a different poetic meter to each shot: At first the image was syncopated in a bold dactyl of white light; then each new image flashed as the short syllable in various cinematic anapests, choriambuses, trochees, and bacchii.
Professor Thompson has now launched Dactyl, an app which provides digitised models of bones and skeletons, allowing users to zoom in and out, access notes and add their own information on specific features of interest.
P1 chelae dimorphic, with almost completely tuberculated palms, but lacking spines or large tubercules; ventrolateral borders tuberculated to slightly subtoothed; carpus lacking large tubercules medially or ventrally, when upper surface held in a horizontal plane, dactyl moving obliquely in V.
The height slope (HS), length index (LI), body index (BI), pelvic index (IP), dactyl thorax index (DTI), body ratio (BR), Baron and C revat (BC), compact index (CI), balance, area index (AI) and relative cannon thickness index were found to be 3.
Try breaking off either the fixed finger or dactyl portions of the claws with a pair of needle-nosed pliers before trying to rig the crab.
Through its rough, "masculine" note, the Doric mode (using dactyl, anapest, and peon) was regarded as appropriate for austere, warlike states.
Therefore, theory dictates that this should be scanned in the following manner: necto spondee, tatamen dactyl, illepri dactyl, orpraee dactyl, with the diphthong shortened by the following vowel, unteca rina dactyl and spondee, which end the line.
Not until 17 years later was the first asteroid satellite definitely found (little Dactyl orbiting Ida).
The verb that opens the third line--pushed "back" to the left margin, as it were, after the action in the preceding line--propels it forward, though only so much: a stressed syllable ("back") is followed by a dactyl ("pedaling"), which is followed by an anapest ("when it rolls"); the four enclosed unstressed syllables retard the line's motion.