scansion

[ skan-shuhn ]
/ ˈskæn ʃən /

noun Prosody.

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.

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Origin of scansion

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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British Dictionary definitions for scansion

scansion
/ (ˈskænʃən) /

noun

the analysis of the metrical structure of verseSee quantity (def. 7), stress (def. 4)

Word Origin for scansion

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