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enjambment

[en-jam-muh nt, -jamb-] /ɛnˈdʒæm mənt, -ˈdʒæmb-/
noun, plural enjambments
[en-jam-muh nts, -jamb-] /ɛnˈdʒæm mənts, -ˈdʒæmb-/ (Show IPA).
Prosody
1.
the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.
Origin of enjambment
1830-1840
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
Related forms
enjambed, adjective
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  • Their lyrics have unexpected line breaks and enjambment.
British Dictionary definitions for enjambment

enjambment

/ɪnˈdʒæmmənt; French ɑ̃ʒɑ̃bmɑ̃/
noun
1.
(prosody) the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next
Derived Forms
enjambed, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en-1 + jambe leg; see jamb
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Word Origin and History for enjambment
n.

also enjambement, 1837, from French enjambement or from enjamb (c.1600), from French enjamber "to stride over," from en- (see en- (1)) + jambe "leg" (see jamb).

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