caesurae

caesura

[si-zhoor-uh, -zoor-uh, siz-yoor-uh]
noun, plural caesuras, caesurae [si-zhoor-ee, -zoor-ee, siz-yoor-ee] .
1.
Prosody. a break, especially a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyselfpresume not God to scan.
2.
Classical Prosody. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, especially in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
3.
any break, pause, or interruption.
Also, cesura.


Origin:
1550–60; < Latin, equivalent to caes(us) cut (past participle of caedere) (caed- cut + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure

caesural, caesuric, adjective
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caesura (sɪˈzjʊərə)
 
n , pl -ras, -rae
1.  Usual symbol: (in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse line
2.  (in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
 
[C16: from Latin, literally: a cutting, from caedere to cut]
 
cae'sural
 
adj

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caesura
1550s, from L. caesura, "metrical pause," lit. "a cutting," from pp. stem of cædere "to cut down" (see cement).
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