An example of a caesura is a stop in a speech for a few seconds for a dramatic effect.
- a break or pause in a line of verse: in Greek and Latin verse, the caesura falls within the metrical foot; in English verse, it is usually about the middle of the line and is shown in scanning by the sign ?
- Music a break or pause in the meter of a composition
Origin of caesuraL, a cutting ; from past participle of caedere, to cut down: see -cide
nounpl. cae·su·ras or cae·su·rae also ce·su·ras or ce·su·rae
- A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
- A pause or interruption, as in conversation: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.
- In Latin and Greek prosody, a break in a line caused by the ending of a word within a foot, especially when this coincides with a sense division.
- Music A pause or breathing at a point of rhythmic division in a melody.
Origin of caesuraLatin caes&umacron;ra, a cutting, from caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut off; see ka&schwa;-id- in Indo-European roots.
- cae·su′ral, cae·su′ric
(plural caesuras or caesurae)
Latin caesūra (“cutting, hewing”), from caesus, perfect passive participle of caedō (“I cut down, hew”).