Definition of Decasyllable

1. Noun. A verse line having ten syllables.

Generic synonyms: Verse, Verse Line



Definition of Decasyllable

1. Noun. A verse form having ten syllables in each line ¹

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Definition of Decasyllable

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Decasyllable

decares
decasecond
decaseconds
decastere
decasteres
decastich
decastichs
decastyle
decastyles
decasualization
decasulfide
decasulfides
decasulphide
decasyllabic
decasyllabics
decasyllable (current term)
decasyllables
decatenation
decatenatory
decatetraene
decatetraenes
decathlete
decathletes
decathlon
decathlons
decatoic
decatriene
decatrienes
decavanadate
decavanadates

Literary usage of Decasyllable

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1. A History of English Prosody from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day by George Saintsbury (1906)
"... House of Fame—Cadence, note—The decasyllable : retrospect of its origin ; and study of its virtues—The Legend ..."

2. Chapters on the Metric of the Chaucerian Tradition by Albert Harp Licklider (1910)
"THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE decasyllable. It is a well-known fact in the study of rhythm that the members of a series of simple rhythmical units (in verse, ..."

3. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1909)
"... the English trochaic, a trochaic decasyllable,2 the English elegiac, an eccentric and not very harmonious combination of an ordinary iambic ..."

4. A History of Criticism and Literary Taste in Europe from the Earliest Texts by George Saintsbury (1902)
"And about the decasyllable — not quite so rigidly about ... were sacrificed, all freedom of pause was relinquished, and the decasyllable tramped, ..."

5. The Gentleman's Magazine (1822)
"Now “mutton eating” wodld be rejected, as infra dignitatem by the -prim decasyllable. How would he snuff u his nose and knit his brows at the fo. lowing. ..."

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