EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Prosody 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 1565–75;
Late Latin hēmistichium
a half-verse. See
stich 1 Related forms he·mis·ti·chal , [h uh- mis-ti-k uh l, hem-i-stik- uh l] /həˈmɪs tɪ kəl, ˈhɛm ɪˌstɪk əl/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for hemistich Historical Examples of 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.
We may deeply admire and wonder, and, in another line or
hemistich, grow indifferent or slightly averse.
I have composed the first
hemistich of a verse, but cannot finish it, although it has occupied my mind for some days.'
The simple five types of the
hemistich admit of variation: i. by extension (as above); ii. British Dictionary definitions for hemistich noun prosody a half line of verse
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Word Origin and History for hemistich n.
"half a poetic line," 1570s, from Middle French
hémistiche, from Latin hemistichium, from Greek hemistikhion "half-line, half-verse," from hemi- "half" (see hemi-) + stikhos "row, line of verse" (see stair).
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