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 (ŏk-tăm′ĭ-tər) also oc·tom·e·ter (-tŏm′-)
1. Verse written in lines of eight metrical feet.
2. A single line of such verse.


(Poetry) prosody a verse line consisting of eight metrical feet


(ɒkˈtæm ɪ tər)
1. consisting of eight measures or feet.
2. an octameter verse.
[1840–50; < Late Latin < Greek oktámetros]
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Noun1.octameter - a verse line having eight metrical feet
verse line, verse - a line of metrical text
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Tennyson, who would soon go on record about "barbarous hexameters," surely intended something barbarous by these octameters, (33) which in their ebullient sprawl are not unlike the lines of that transatlantic yawper, Walt Whitman.
The poem is written in the galliambics of Catullus, Roman poet of the first-century BCE, but our British poet of the nineteenth is careful to specify that his lines, which are unrhymed trochaic octameter more or less, are only a "far-off echo" of Catullus.
the spirit flown forever" (Mabbott, I, 336-337), and the octameters of "The Raven," in both cases stressing a division midway through assonantal and alliterative clusters, setting or balancing or unifying phrases, and conceptually incorporating a midpoint caesura, in the classic sense.