[si-zhoo r-uh, -zoo r-uh, siz-yoo r-uh]
- Prosody. a break, especially a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyself ‖ presume not God to scan.
- Classical Prosody. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, especially in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
- any break, pause, or interruption.
Origin of caesura
1550–60; < Latin, equivalent to caes(us) cut (past participle of caedere) (caed- cut + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure
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Examples from the Web for caesural
May I say that it is a little sing-songy—the lines monotonously alike in their caesural pauses and some of their other features?The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
The caesural pause comes after Ector, which might allow the intrusion of the word of before king.
- (in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse lineUsual symbol: ||
- (in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
C16: from Latin, literally: a cutting, from caedere to cut
Word Origin and History for caesural
1550s, from Latin caesura, "metrical pause," literally "a cutting," from past participle stem of caedere "to cut down" (see -cide).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper