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i·amb(ī′ămb′, ī′ăm′) also i·am·bus (ī-ăm′bəs)
n. pl. i·ambs also i·am·bus·es or i·am·bi (-bī′)
1. A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in delay.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of a short syllable followed by a long one.
[French iambe, from Latin iambus, from Greek iambos.]
iamb(ˈaɪæm; ˈaɪæmb) or
n, pl iambs, iambi (aɪˈæmbaɪ) or iambuses
1. (Poetry) a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (˘¯)
2. (Poetry) a line of verse of such feet
[C19 iamb, from C16 iambus, from Latin, from Greek iambos]
i•amb(ˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb)
a prosodic foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.
[1835–45; short for iambus]
a foot of two syllables, the first short or unstressed, the second long or stressed. — iambic, adj.See also: Verse
Iambof poets—Lipton, 1970.