hemistich definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin hemistichium ; from Classical Greek hēmistichion ; from hēmi, half plush stichos, a row, line, verse: see stich
hemistich definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A half line of verse, especially when separated rhythmically from the rest of the line by a caesura.
- An incomplete or imperfect line of verse.
Origin: Latin hēmistichium, from Greek hēmistikhion : hēmi-, hemi- + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.