caesuras
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.

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