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Synonyms for dactyl

a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables

a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates

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Opposable margin of propodite without pilosity, bearing 11 to 18 teeth; dactyl moving sub horizontally, opposable margin bearing nine to 15 teeth.
If he builds his poem from description and question to demand and exclamation, she calls his tone back to question and description; if he insists on a vision, she denies even those remnants of sound that she offered; if he insists upon incantatory sound elements in the hopes of reconstituting her voice, she tears open his dactyls, his rhymes, and his folk song allusions.
Zenobius says that Celmis, one of the Idaean Dactyls (a group of daimonic craftsmen), somehow outraged his mother Rhea (the text is corrupt here) and was therefore changed to iron.
According to the conception presented here, the dactylic foot is the least natural of the most frequent feet: the iambic, the trochee, the anapest and the dactyl.
Harper guides his readers by alerting them, for example, to varying relationships between text and music--some texts preceded their musical settings, others followed existing melodies--and to literary trends, pointing out Petrarchist, pastoral, and folk elements, or noting that Zesen's virtuosity was anticipated by the relatively unknown Johannes Plavius, who experimented with classical metres, including dactyls, even before Opitz.
CONSIDER FIRST THE SIMPLE, ELEGANT title, Voices and Values in Joyce's "Ulysses": three graceful dactyls (one more than "Malachi Mulligan") and a concluding spondee.
And] there was no wind" becomes "and not a breath of wind any-where" (2:04): anapest and spondee become three dactyls and an amphimacer; "groping their way in" becomes "groping blindly in" (2:06): dactyl and trochee become three insistent trochees, the last catalectic; "took a ship's shape as she past within" becomes "took on the shape of a ship as she passed within" (2:14): trochee, spondee, anapest, and iamb become three rocking dactyls and an amphimacer; and "my view a live-sea" becomes "my view, a proper, live-sea" (3:15): spondee, pyrrhic syllable, spondee become spondee, amphibrach, sponde e.
Brathwaite asserts that one difference between standard English and Caribbean nation language is the structural difference between iambic pentameter and dactyls.
Milton's dactyls into English, Masson, nevertheless, sacrifices no
He plays an instrument called the ukulele banjo, knows more limericks (all delivered with that signature British accent) than anyone should ever commit to memory, has been known to exchange something called double dactyls with friends.
The main parameters of variation are rhythm (anapests are unmarked, dactyls, iambs, and spondees are marked) and length (dimeter is unmarked, trimeter, tetrameter, and so on are marked).
Speaking of meditation, take the 1952 short lyric, "The World as Meditation" written, like much later Stevens, in unrhymed triplets that ultimately go back through Eliot and Shelley to Dante and in what is still, I feel, blank verse, although one elastically stretched almost beyond recognition by epic dactyls.
The ontological doubling of both pairs even extends to the scansion of their names--both "Rosencrantz" and "Guildenstern" consist of dactyls, while "Al" and "Max" are, of course, monosyllables.
00; for first foot dactyls in Furius' proportions, .
double dactylsalso called higgledy-piggledy or jiggery-pokery A light-verse form consisting of eight lines of two dactyls each, arranged in two stanzas.