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scansion

[ skan-shuhn ]

noun

, Prosody.
  1. 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.


scansion

/ ˈskænʃən /

noun

  1. the analysis of the metrical structure of verse See quantity stress


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Word History and Origins

Origin of scansion1

1645–55; < Late Latin scānsiōn- (stem of scānsiō ), Latin: a climbing, equivalent to scāns ( us ) (past participle of scandere to climb) + -iōn- -ion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scansion1

C17: from Latin: climbing up, from scandere to climb, scan

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Example Sentences

Words are shoehorned in without much regard for scansion, stress, or tone.

It anticipates the climax of the description, besides ruining the scansion of the line.

The latter syllable of Venus comes at the csural pause; but the scansion is best mended by omitting nygh; see footnote.

The best way of scansion is perhaps to read despyt-e with final e, preserved by csura, and to pronounce Diane as Din'.

A knowledge of the most common forms of variation is necessary to correct scansion.

Consider the question which of these two systems of scansion is the more accurate and the more convenient.

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