- the act of scanning, or analyzing, poetry in terms of its rhythmic components
- the graphic representation, indicated by marked accents, feet, etc., of the rhythm of a line or lines of verse
Origin of scansionFrench from Classical Latin scansio
Analysis of verse into metrical patterns.
Origin of scansionLate Latin scānsiō scānsiōn- from Latin act of climbing from scānsus past participle of scandere to climb ; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
From Late Latin scanscionem, accusative singular of scansiÅ (“the act of climbing"), from scandÅ (“I climb").