a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.
- Compare expletive (def. 2).
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How to use cheville in a sentence
He employed no poetical cheville for the metre of a verse which his own feelings inspired.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors | Isaac Disraeli