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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.

[Greek stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + -metry.]

stich′o·met′ric (stĭk′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.


(Poetry) the practice of writing out a prose text in lines that correspond to the sense units and indicate the phrasal rhythms
[C18: from Late Greek stikhometria. See stich, -metry]
stichometric, ˌstichoˈmetrical adj


the practice of expressing the successive ideas in a prose composition in single lines corresponding to natural cadences or sense divisions. — stichometric, stichometrical, adj.
See also: Language Style
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This verse has two stichoi, with three words in each.
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These repeated verses or stichoi are to be found in Latin throughout Sirach 1-43, although there are parallels in some extant Greek MSS only in chapters 1-26 (as should be clear when the edition reaches the later chapters).