- the exact or approximate half of a stich, or poetic verse or line, especially as divided by a caesura or the like.
- an incomplete line, or a line of less than the usual length.
Origin of hemistich
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Examples from the Web for hemistich
The structure of the hemistich in the normal alliterative line.
Defective metre and sense, owing to the loss of a hemistich, but the sense is complete.Genesis A
We may deeply admire and wonder, and, in another line or hemistich, grow indifferent or slightly averse.Hearts of Controversy
I have composed the first hemistich of a verse, but cannot finish it, although it has occupied my mind for some days.'A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
The simple five types of the hemistich admit of variation: i. by extension (as above); ii.
- prosody a half line of verse
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Word Origin and History for hemistich
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