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

[Late Latin, from Latin trimetrus, from Greek trimetros : tri-, tri- + metron, measure; see meter1.]

tri·met′ric (trī-mĕt′rĭk), tri·met′ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl) adj.
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(ˈtrɪmɪtə) prosody
(Poetry) a verse line consisting of three metrical feet
(Poetry) designating such a line
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(ˈtrɪm ɪ tər)
1. a verse of three measures or feet.
2. consisting of three measures or feet.
[1560–70; < Latin trimetrus having three measures < Greek trímetros. See tri-, meter2]
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a verse having three metrical units.
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A meter of three feet to the line.
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References in classic literature ?
But oh, mesdames, if you are not allowed to touch the heart sometimes in spite of syntax, and are not to be loved until you all know the difference between trimeter and tetrameter, may all Poetry go to the deuce, and every schoolmaster perish miserably!
The single, round, tank-mounted gauge could stand to be a bit larger to accommodate a larger LED display screen, where you'll get dual trimeters, gear indicator, speedometer, gas mileage, clock, etc.
What those rubes do appreciate, according to Whitman on Whitman, is "the negro bands," the music familiar to them "from association and habit." Thus Whitman casts the intimate, familiar performances of black folk against the extravaganza of urban foreign imports; the negro bands end up, ironically, on the side of "our lovely metrical laws," since familiar meters (say, trimeters and tetrameters) are cast here as slavish minstrelsy.
It consists of alternating tetrameters and trimeters with the rhymes falling on the latter, as in example 6, based on Our Father.
trimeters and features twelve instances of zeugma (see Paul
Matthiessen (1964, 73-78) dates the play to before 416 BCE (preceding Euripides's Trojan Women and Heracles), and supports his argument with metrical analysis of the play's iambic trimeters (168-71) and lyric passages (171-72).
Brand, too, utilizes iambic pentameters, but in order to render settenari he avails himself of trimeters and tetrameters; he has largely met his goal to 'match the number of lines in each scene, and indeed each speech, in order to ease the reader's task in identifying the appropriate line across the page' of the original Italian (p.
(51) The pathetic tone is here accentuated by sentences such as '[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]' 'do you prefer that I should die by a death that never dies?' (3,17,4), which, apart from the language, recalls tragedy inasmuch as it falls very close to an iambic trimeter. For iambic trimeters in Achilles Tatius see Liapis 2006, 223-227.
Perhaps he thought the pessimism of many of the poems in the book should be allowed to stand as his statement at the time (and "Death in Battle" made a better final poem); perhaps he decided the trimeters did not work well for what he had to say; perhaps he thought the action of Despoina in opening a window might draw university authorities' attention to him if the authorship was ever known; perhaps it was written too late to be included (and Greeves copied it as a final statement)--in short, the reason for exclusion is not known.
Heywood renders these iambic trimeters, the usual lines for Senecan dialogue, in fourteeners.