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caesura

play
noun cae·su·ra \si-ˈzyu̇r-ə, -ˈzhu̇r-\

Definition of caesura

plural

caesuras

or

caesurae

play \-ˈzyu̇r-(ˌ)ē, -ˈzhu̇r-\
  1. 1 in modern prosody :  a usually rhetorical break in the flow of sound in the middle of a line of verse

  2. 2 Greek & Latin prosody :  a break in the flow of sound in a verse caused by the ending of a word within a foot

  3. 3 :  break, interruption

  4. 4 :  a pause marking a rhythmic point of division in a melody

caesural

play \-ˈzyu̇r-əl, -ˈzhu̇r-\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of caesura

Late Latin, from Latin, act of cutting, from caedere to cut


First Known Use: 1556


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