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Meaning of CAESURA

Pronunciation:  si'zhûru

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
  2. [n]  a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); "after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"

CAESURA is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: break, inflection, intermission, interruption, pause, prosody, suspension



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\C[ae]*su"ra\, n.; pl. E. {C[ae]suras}, L.
{C[ae]sur[ae]} [L. caesura a cutting off, a division, stop,
fr. caedere, caesum, to cut off. See {Concise}.]
A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a
foot and commonly near the middle of the verse; a sense pause
in the middle of a foot. Also, a long syllable on which the
c[ae]sural accent rests, or which is used as a foot.

Note: In the following line the c[ae]sura is between study
      and of.

            The prop | er stud | y || of | mankind | is man.

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