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[skan-shuh n] /ˈskæn ʃən/
noun, Prosody.
the metrical analysis of verse. The usual marks for scansion are ˘ for a short or unaccented syllable, ¯ or · for a long or accented syllable, ^ for a rest, | for a foot division, and ‖ for a caesura or pause.
Origin of scansion
1645-55; < Late Latin scānsiōn- (stem of scānsiō), Latin: a climbing, equivalent to scāns(us) (past participle of scandere to climb) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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the analysis of the metrical structure of verse See quantity (sense 7), stress (sense 4)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: climbing up, from scandere to climb, scan
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Word Origin and History for scansion

1670s, "action of marking off of verse in metric feet," from Late Latin scansionem (nominative scansio), in classical Latin, "act of climbing," noun of action from past participle stem of scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). From 1650s in English in literal sense of "action of climbing up."

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