from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having one or more syllables in addition to those found in a standard metrical unit or line of verse.
  • adjective Being one of these additional syllables.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In prosody: Exceeding the correct measure; having a syllable at the end in excess of the meter represented; especially, dolichuric: as, a hypermetric verse or line, Of more than usual length; more than dicolic or tricolic: as, a hypermetric period. See hypermeter, hypermetron.

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  • adjective Having a redundant syllable.


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  • Inertia, as light, was timefree and could be transported through ghost holes to the urg's hypermetric locus where no human mind could reason its digestion.

    In Other Worlds Attanasio, A. A. 1984

  • This hypermetric entity Zeke called an urg, because it sounded like erg, which was the quality that this thing had turned Carl's 150 - pound mass into.

    In Other Worlds Attanasio, A. A. 1984

  • _hypermetric_; and that we must be very watchful about pauses, particularly about a somewhat mysterious chief pause, liable to occur about the middle of a line, called a _caesura_.

    A Study of Poetry Bliss Perry 1907

  • Ireland.] [Footnote 16: There should be no hypermetric syllables, but I have been unable to avoid them.] [Footnote 17: _Horae Hebraicae_ in Evangel.

    The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran Translations Of Christian Literature. Series V. Lives Of The Celtic Saints Anonymous


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