Scansion Definition

skănshən
noun
Analysis of verse into metrical patterns.
American Heritage
The act of scanning, or analyzing, poetry in terms of its rhythmic components.
Webster's New World
The graphic representation, indicated by marked accents, feet, etc., of the rhythm of a line or lines of verse.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Scansion

Noun

Singular:
scansion
Plural:
scansions

Origin of Scansion

  • Late Latin scānsiō scānsiōn- from Latin act of climbing from scānsus past participle of scandere to climb skand- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Late Latin scanscionem, accusative singular of scansiō (“the act of climbing"), from scandō (“I climb").

    From Wiktionary

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