Definition of Spondee

1. Noun. A metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables.

Generic synonyms: Foot, Metrical Foot, Metrical Unit
Derivative terms: Spondaic



Definition of Spondee

1. n. A poetic foot of two long syllables, as in the Latin word lēgēs.

Definition of Spondee

1. Noun. A word or metrical foot of two syllables, either both long or both stressed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spondee

1. a type of metrical foot [n -S]

Medical Definition of Spondee

1. A bisyllabic word with generally equivalent stress on each of the two syllables; used in the testing of speech hearing. Origin: Fr. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spondee

spoliates
spoliating
spoliation
spoliations
spoliative
spoliator
spoliators
spoliatory
spoligotype
spoligotypes
spoligotyping
spondaic
spondaics
spondaise
spondaize
spondee (current term)
spondees
spondulic
spondulick
spondulicks
spondulics
spondulix
spondyl
spondyl-
spondylalgia
spondylarthritic
spondylarthritides
spondylarthritis
spondylarthrocace
spondyle

Literary usage of Spondee

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A System of Greek Prosody and Metre: For the Use of Schools and Colleges by Charles Anthon (1839)
"The anapaest and spondee are combined without any restriction, as will appear from ... In the dactylic syzygies the dactyl usually precedes its own spondee, ..."

2. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Albert Harkness (1876)
"The feet of most frequent occurrence in the best Latin poets are, 1) The Dactyl and spondee, used in the Heroic Hexameter. 2) Less frequent the Iambus, ..."

3. The Grecian Drama: A Treatise on the Dramatic Literature of the Greeks by John Richard Darley, Aristotle (1840)
"when the monosyllable is capable of beginning a verse, and when it is not; in this latter variety the spondee is inadmissible, unless that monosyllable be ..."

4. Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Gonzalez Lodge (1894)
"SENECA shows some peculiarities : occasionally a Dactyl in the second foot, or a spondee in the third ; occasionally also Dialysis. ..."

5. Grammar of the Greek Language: For the Use of High Schools and Colleges by Raphael K├╝hner, Bela Bates Edwards, Samuel Harvey Taylor (1860)
"spondee. So calk'd, because it was nsed iv ... admitting the spondee in the first place. ... admitting the spondee in the second place. ..."

6. A Grammar of the Latin Language: For the Use of Schools and Colleges by Ethan Allen Andrews, Solomon Stoddard (1870)
"The writers of comedy, satire, and fable, admitted the spondee and its equivalents (the dactyl and anapaest) into the second and fourth places, ..."

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