Caesura meaning

sĭ-zho͝orə, -zo͝orə
The definition of a caesura is a break or pause, generally in a speech, song, poem.

An example of a caesura is a stop in a speech for a few seconds for a dramatic effect.

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A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
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A pause or interruption, as in conversation.

After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.

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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.
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(music) A pause or breathing at a point of rhythmic division in a melody.
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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 ∥
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(music) A break or pause in the meter of a composition.
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A pause or interruption in a poem, music, building or other work of art.
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In Classical prosody, using two words to divide a metrical foot.
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Origin of caesura

  • Latin caesūra a cutting from caesus past participle of caedere to cut off kaə-id- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin caesūra (“cutting, hewing”), from caesus, perfect passive participle of caedō (“I cut down, hew”).

    From Wiktionary