caesura
caesura cae*su"ra, n.; pl. E. {caesuras}, L. {C[ae]sur[ae]} [L. caesura a cutting off, a division, stop, fr. caedere, caesum, to cut off. See {Concise}.] A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a foot and commonly near the middle of the verse; a sense pause in the middle of a foot. Also, a long syllable on which the c[ae]sural accent rests, or which is used as a foot. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the following line the c[ae]sura is between study and of. [1913 Webster]

The prop | er stud | y || of | mankind | is man. [1913 Webster]

2. a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); as, after an ominous caesura the preacher continued. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(in a verse),


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  • caesura — ► NOUN 1) (in Greek and Latin verse) a break between words within a metrical foot. 2) (in modern verse) a pause near the middle of a line. ORIGIN Latin, from caedere cut …   English terms dictionary

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  • caesura —   n. natural pause in verse line.    ♦ masculine caesura, one following stressed syllable of foot.    ♦ feminine caesura, one occurring in unstressed part of line.    ♦ caesural, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • caesura — noun (plural suras or caesurae) Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin, act of cutting, from caedere to cut Date: 1556 1. in modern prosody a usually rhetorical break in the flow of sound in the middle of a line of verse 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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