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feminine ending

Prosody. an unaccented syllable at the close of a line of poetry, often one that is added to the metrical pattern as an extra syllable.
Grammar. a termination or final syllable marking a feminine word: In Latin is a feminine ending for the ablative case in the singular.
Origin of feminine ending
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the second stanza we have the same measure with feminine ending.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • The feminine ending in a has not been indicated for adjectives ending in o.

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  • When preceded by the feminine word pars, the feminine ending is used (antica).

  • A line ending with a level has consequently to some extent the effect of a feminine ending.

  • Written with the sign An, and the feminine ending tum, but probably pronounced Anatum.

  • In the succeeding specimen the same measure is used with feminine ending.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • A simple check-mark in the sixth or seventh column indicates respectively a case of enjambement or of feminine ending.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • On this account some speak of three accents in the first half line, with a feminine ending.

British Dictionary definitions for feminine ending

feminine ending

(prosody) an unstressed syllable at the end of a line of verse
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