catalectic
adjective Etymology: Late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein to leave off, from kata- + lēgein to stop — more at slack Date: 1589 lacking a syllable at the end of a line in metrical verse or ending in an incomplete foot • catalectic noun

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  • catalectic — CATALÉCTIC, catalectice, adj., s.n. (în metrica greco latină; în sintagma) Vers catalectic = vers care se termină printr un picior incomplet. – Din fr. catalectique. Trimis de valeriu, 02.12.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  cataléctic adj. n., pl.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Catalectic — Cat a*lec tic, a. [L. catalecticus, Gr. ? incomplete, fr. ? to leave off; kata down, wholly + lh gein to stop.] 1. (Pros.) Wanting a syllable at the end, or terminating in an imperfect foot; as, a catalectic verse. [1913 Webster] 2. (Photog. &… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catalectic — (adj.) 1580s, wanting a syllable in the last foot, from L.L. catalecticus, from Gk. katalektikos leaving off, from kata down (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + legein to leave off, cease from (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catalectic — [kat΄ə lek′tik] adj. [LL catalecticus < Gr katalēktikos < kata , down + lēgein, to leave off, cease < IE base * (s)lēg , loose > SLACK1, L laxus] Prosody lacking a syllable, esp. in the last foot …   English World dictionary

  • Catalectic — A catalectic line is a metrically incomplete line of verse, lacking a syllable at the end or ending with an incomplete foot.Making a meter cataletic can drastically change the feeling of the poem, and is often used to achieve a certain… …   Wikipedia

  • catalectic — /kat l ek tik/, Pros. adj. 1. (of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath. n. 2. a catalectic line of verse. Cf. acatalectic, hypercatalectic. [1580 90; <… …   Universalium

  • catalectic — cat•a•lec•tic [[t]ˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk[/t]] adj. 1) pro (of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot 2) pro a catalectic line of verse • Etymology: 1580–90; < LL catalēcticus < Gk katalēktikós incomplete < katalḗg(ein) to leave off …   From formal English to slang

  • catalectic — adjective Said of a line with incomplete meter, lacking a syllable at the end or ending with an incomplete foot …   Wiktionary

  • catalèctic — ca|ta|lèc|tic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • cataléctic — adj. n., pl. cataléctice …   Romanian orthography

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