iamb

noun
\ˈī-ˌam(b) \
variants: or iambus \ ī-​ˈam-​bəs \
plural iambs\ ˈī-​ˌamz \ or iambuses

Definition of iamb 

: a metrical foot consisting of one short syllable followed by one long syllable or of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable (as in above)

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Other Words from iamb

iambic \ ī-​ˈam-​bik \ adjective or noun

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For Hall, the two-beat iamb tolls the relentless melodies of departure from the world: a great-uncle early on; his grandfather; his father. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of iamb

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iamb

Latin iambus, from Greek iambos

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The first known use of iamb was in 1586

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iamb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of iamb

: a unit of rhythm in poetry that consists of one syllable that is not accented or stressed followed by one syllable that is accented or stressed (as in the words away or above )

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