enjambment

noun en·jamb·ment \ in-ˈjam-mənt \
variants: or less commonly enjambement play \in-ˈjam-mənt, äⁿ-zhäⁿb-ˈmäⁿ\

Definition of enjambment

: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

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Origin and Etymology of enjambment

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


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