Having each successive word longer by a letter or syllable.

Soapy fired off a rhopalic sentence, that is, one in which each word is one letter longer than the word that precedes it:

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  • Rhopalic — Rho*pal ic, a. [Gr. ???? club shaped; fr. ??? a club: cf. F. rhopalique.] (Pros.) Applied to a line or verse in which each successive word has one more syllable than the preceding. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rhopalic — rho·pal·ic …   English syllables

  • rhopalic — …   Useful english dictionary

  • rhopalism — ˈrōpəˌlizəm noun ( s) Etymology: rhopalic (I) + ism 1. : the quality or state of being rhopalic 2. : the use or production of rhopalic forms 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • ropalic — adjective variant of rhopalic * * * ropalic var. rhopalic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ropalic — Ro*pal ic, a. See {Rhopalic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dactylic hexameter — (also known as heroic hexameter ) is a form of meter in poetry or a rhythmic scheme. It is traditionally associated with the quantitative meter of classical epic poetry in both Greek and Latin, and was consequently considered to be the Grand… …   Wikipedia

  • wordplay — n 1. repartee, give and take, lively exchange, riposte, Inf. snappy comeback; quip, Inf. zinger, Inf. a good one; banter, badinage, persiflage; drollery, waggery, jest, Inf. kidding, Inf. kidding back and forth, Inf. joshing, Sl. funning around;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • wedge verse — noun : rhopalic verse …   Useful english dictionary

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