stichometry[sti käm′ə trē]
the practice of expressing the successive ideas in a prose composition in single lines of lengths corresponding to natural cadences or sense divisions
Origin of stichometry; from Classical Greek stichos, a line (see stile) + -metry
The division of a prose piece into lines of fixed length or into lines whose lengths correspond to the natural divisions of sense, as in manuscripts written before the adoption of punctuation.
Origin of stichometryGreek stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + –metry.
From Ancient Greek στίχος (stikhos, “a row or file of soldiers”; “a line of poetry”, “a verse”) + -metry.