AskDefine | Define dactyl

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1 a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
2 a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding part in other vertebrates [syn: digit]

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  1. A poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.


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Extensive Definition

Dactyl may mean:
  • Dactyl, a creature in Greek mythology.
  • Pterodactyl, a flying reptile from the Triassic to Cretaceous Period
  • Dactyl, a metrical foot consisting of one long syllable and two short as in "Catherine." (Derived from the Greek word for finger, as a finger has one long segment and two shorter ones.)
  • Dactyl, the small natural satellite orbiting the asteroid Ida.
  • Finger, in medical terminology, from the Greek δάκτυλος.
dactyl in Bulgarian: Дактил
dactyl in German: Dactyl
dactyl in Spanish: Dáctilo
dactyl in French: Dactyle
dactyl in Low German: Dactyl

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Alexandrine, accent, accentuation, amphibrach, amphimacer, anacrusis, anapest, antispast, arsis, bacchius, beat, cadence, caesura, catalexis, chloriamb, chloriambus, colon, counterpoint, cretic, dactylic hexameter, diaeresis, dimeter, dipody, dochmiac, elegiac, elegiac couplet, elegiac pentameter, emphasis, epitrite, feminine caesura, foot, heptameter, heptapody, heroic couplet, hexameter, hexapody, iamb, iambic, iambic pentameter, ictus, ionic, jingle, lilt, masculine caesura, measure, meter, metrical accent, metrical foot, metrical group, metrical unit, metron, molossus, mora, movement, numbers, paeon, pentameter, pentapody, period, proceleusmatic, pyrrhic, quantity, rhythm, spondee, sprung rhythm, stress, swing, syzygy, tetrameter, tetrapody, tetraseme, thesis, tribrach, trimeter, tripody, triseme, trochee
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