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stichometry

[sti-kom-i-tree]
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noun
  1. the practice of writing a prose text in lines, often of slightly differing lengths, that correspond to units of sense and indicate phrasal rhythms.

Origin of stichometry

1745–55; < Greek stích(os) (see stich1) + -o- + -metry
Related formsstich·o·met·ric [stik-uh-me-trik] /ˌstɪk əˈmɛ trɪk/, stich·o·met·ri·cal, adjectivestich·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • In the opinion of some, the use of the dot, at least to some extent, was earlier than stichometry.

    Companion to the Bible

    E. P. Barrows

  • If the stichometry of Nicephorus is right, the existing form of the book is merely fragmentary compared with its original compass.

  • However this may be, the original conception doubtless came from the stichometry of Hebrew poetry.


British Dictionary definitions for stichometry

stichometry

noun
  1. prosody the practice of writing out a prose text in lines that correspond to the sense units and indicate the phrasal rhythms
Derived Formsstichometric (ˌstɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪk) or stichometrical, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Late Greek stikhometria. See stich, -metry
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