[en-jam-muhnt, -jamb-]
noun, plural enjambments [en-jam-muhnts, -jamb-] . Prosody.
the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.

1830–40; < French enjambement, equivalent to enjamb(er) to stride over, project, encroach (en- en-1 + -jamber, derivative of jambe leg; see jamb1) + -ment -ment

enjambed, adjective
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enjambment or enjambement (ɪnˈdʒæmmənt, French ɑ̃ʒɑ̃bmɑ̃, ɪnˈdʒæmmənt, French ɑ̃ʒɑ̃bmɑ̃)
prosody the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next
[C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en-1 + jambe leg; see jamb]
enjambement or enjambement
[C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en-1 + jambe leg; see jamb]
en'jambed or enjambement

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Word Origin & History

1837, from enjamb (c.1600), from Fr. enjamber "to stride over," from jambe "leg."
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in prosody, the continuation of the sense of a phrase beyond the end of a line of verse. T.S. Eliot used enjambment in the opening lines of his poem The Waste Land:April is the cruelest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers

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Example sentences
Their lyrics have unexpected line breaks and enjambment.
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