from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of verse consisting of six metrical feet.
- n. In classical prosody, a line in which the first four feet are either dactylic or spondaic, the fifth dactylic, and the sixth spondaic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a line in a poem having six metrical feet
- n. a poetic metre in which each line has six feet
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verse of six feet, the first four of which may be either dactyls or spondees, the fifth must regularly be a dactyl, and the sixth always a spondee. In this species of verse are composed the Iliad of Homer and the Æneid of Virgil. In English hexameters accent takes the place of quantity.
- adj. Having six metrical feet, especially dactyls and spondees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prosody, containing or consisting of six measures; having a length of six feet or six dipodies; especially, composed of six feet, of which the first four are dactyls or spondees, the fifth ordinarily a dactyl, sometimes a spondee, and the last a spondee or trochee: as, a hexameter line, verse, or period.
- n. In prosody, a period, line, or verse consisting of six measures.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verse line having six metrical feet
Latin, from Greek hexametros, having six metrical feet : hexa-, hexa- + metron, meter; see meter1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἑξάμετρος. (Wiktionary)