To save this word, you'll need to log in.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scansion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
1671, in the meaning defined above
Late Latin scansion-, scansio, from Latin, act of climbing, from scandere
Keep scrolling for more
Time Traveler for scansion
See more words from the same year
scanning electron microscope
scanning tunneling microscope
Cite this Entry
“Scansion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scansion. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.
More from Merriam-Webster on scansion
Britannica English: Translation of scansion for Arabic Speakers
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about scansion
Comments on scansion
What made you want to look up scansion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
The word, not the behavior
We use these words to describe food, but they beg...
Is there a difference?
Words from the week of 9/18/2020
We're intent on clearing it up
We're gonna stop you right there
How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe...
The awkward case of 'his or her'
More/moor than/then two/too/to.
All right, it's time for a puppy quiz.
Build a chain of words by adding one letter at a ...