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a. Verse written in lines of two metrical feet.
b. A single line of such verse.
a. Classical quantitative verse consisting of two measures of two feet each, especially in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter.
b. A single line of such verse.

[Late Latin dimeter, dimetrus, having two verses, from Greek dimetros : di-, two; see di-1 + metron, meter; see meter1.]


(Poetry) prosody a line of verse consisting of two metrical feet or a verse written in this metre


(ˈdɪm ɪ tər)

a verse or line of two measures or feet.
[1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek dímetros of two measures, a dimeter =di- di-1 + -metros, adj. derivative of métron meter1]
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Some articles indicate that the reduction in nozzle's dimeters leads to the reduction in fuel delivery [271.
For instance, the dating of the hymn to St Faustus, St Januarius and St Martial (122) in rhythmical septenarius (M and L) and the two pieces to St Quiricus and St Julita (108 and 109) in rhythmical iambic dimeters (D) should be given further explanation.
In metrical iambic dimeters we have In media noctis (50), St Cyprian (107), St Leucadia (148) (see Norberg, An introduction, p.
The 259 lines of the fourth of the "fowre thinges," the verses for the Book of Fortune, (6) are considerably less than the 432 of "A Merry Gest," but in fact the pentameters of the 37 rhyme royal stanzas, compared to the dimeters and trimeters in which the sergeant turned friar gets his comeuppance, makes this More's lengthiest poem in terms of word count by a considerable margin.
Their six-syllable lengths would normally encourage reading them as trimeters or even dimeters.
Other than the nine lines, however, it is clear that this stanza has little in common with the stanza of The Faerie Queene: the seventh and ninth lines are composed of a rhyming refrain in dimeters, "O heavie herse," "O carefull verse," which changes at the poem's climax to "O happy herse," "O joyfull verse.
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The final three quatrains, tetrameter lines rhyming AABB, depart from the previous five quatrains in dimeters and tetrameters.
11 Gellius sets a `Platonic' distich side by side with its free adaptation into seventeen Latin iambic dimeters composed by a young talented friend of his, there is no telling whether he regards this piece, which he finds `worth remembrance', as an admirable exercise or as an accomplished literary work.
The stanza consists of six lines rhyming aaabab of which the fourth and sixth are regularly iambic dimeters and the others iambic tetrameters, as in Burns's Holy Willie's Prayer:
The verse forms are admirably subtle, and are well identified in this edition as anapestic dimeters, Sapphic hendecasyllables, Adonics, iambic tetrameters, and the like.
19 has a metrical form which is quite peculiar and anomalous if compared either with hemiambics or with anaclastic ionic dimeters (anacreontics), i.