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enjambment

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noun en·jamb·ment \in-ˈjam-mənt\

Definition of enjambment

  1. :  the running over of a sentence from one verse or couplet into another so that closely related words fall in different lines — compare run-on



Variants of enjambment

also enjambement play \same or äⁿ-zhäⁿb-ˈmäⁿ\

Origin of enjambment

French enjambement, from Middle French, encroachment, from enjamber to straddle, encroach on, from en- + jambe leg — more at jamb


First Known Use: circa 1839


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