One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A line of verse consisting of two metrical feet.
- ‘Although the English meter is properly iambic, often with feminine endings, line length is erratic, ranging from trimeter to pentameter, except for the two shortest lines, which appear in dimeter.’
- ‘The first two lines, containing only monosyllabic words, mix a sing-song dimeter with a grim subject matter.’
- ‘Poems in iambic dimeters and trimeters are found in abundance in her first book, as are poems written in trochaic measure.’
Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek dimetros ‘of two measures’, from di- ‘twice’ + metron ‘a measure’.
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