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also ce·su·ra (sĭ-zho͝or′ə, -zo͝or′ə)
n. pl. cae·su·ras or cae·su·rae (-zho͝or′ē, -zo͝or′ē) also ce·su·ras or ce·su·rae
1. A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
2. A pause or interruption, as in conversation: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.
3. 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.
4. Music A pause or breathing at a point of rhythmic division in a melody.

[Latin caesūra, a cutting, from caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut off; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

cae·su′ral, cae·su′ric adj.


n, pl -ras or -rae (-riː)
1. (Poetry) (in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse line. Usual symbol: ||
2. (Poetry) (in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
[C16: from Latin, literally: a cutting, from caedere to cut]
caeˈsural, caeˈsuric adj


or ce•su•ra

(sɪˈʒʊər ə, -ˈzʊər ə, sɪzˈyʊər ə)

n., pl. cae•su•ras or ce•su•ras, cae•su•rae or ce•su•rae (sɪˈʒʊər i, -ˈzʊər i, sɪzˈyʊər i)
1. a break or pause in a line of verse, marked in scansion by a double vertical line.
2. any pause or interruption.
[1550–60; < Latin]
cae•su′ral, cae•su′ric, adj.


A pause in a line, usually for sense, but forming part of the metrical foot.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caesura - a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); "after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"
pause, suspension, intermission, interruption, break - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
2.caesura - a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language


[sɪˈzjʊərə] N (caesuras or caesurae (pl)) [sɪˈzjʊəriː]cesura f


, (US) cesura
nZäsur f
References in classic literature ?
There is also a break or caesura which in five-syllable verses falls after the second syllable and in seven-syllable verses after the fourth.
It was in some hundreds of verses, which I did my best to balance as Pope did, with a caesura falling in the middle of the line, and a neat antithesis at the end.
They crammed extra unstressed syllables within lines, varied the position and weight of internal pauses, carried the sense over from one line to the next without any syntactical halt, incorporated more trochaic feet, especially at the beginnings of lines or after a heavy midline caesura, and started to split lines between two or more speakers.
For that reason, I will strive to avoid analytic jargon and theoretic hypothesizing as much as possible, viciously redacting terms like Auskompenierung, "Klumpenhouwer Networks," and "medial caesura," wherever I might be tempted to use them, in favor of articulating how the first issue of the Music Theory and Analysis International Journal of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory (herein MTA) fits into the larger universe of English-language music-theory journals and--most importantly--whether or not it is the best interests of inquiring music librarians to scrape together the dregs of the acquisition budget to subscribe to yet another specialist publication.
This fact allows us to apply statistical tests to the data to show that the distribution of words with the initial glides *v or *y is not simply due to chance or to the fact that irregular short syllables before minor caesura are common.
Bion asks of analysis, "how is one to penetrate this obstacle, this caesura of birth?
Your sweetness ripples through the rain of a country to which you may never return You are the still caesura that breaks a line in two
Even when I was a boy at school a lot of time was spent studying dactyls, spondees iambs, meter, scansion, caesura and enjambement in more language than English.
we're all in debt to one's wonder, signals of the medicine world come down to the same root word or caesura, to the comma and the littler increments and we will be the seeds they are, and be the green ornaments they are
Further, Watson's translation hints at Wang Wei's prosody: a five-character Chinese line contains a caesura after the second word; "Empty hills, no one in sight" replays that with a comma, using the Chinese rhythm as the basis for his English free verse.
And then there are the less obvious contributions such as fascinating spoken-word poetry from CAESURA or outdoor physical theatre from Oceansallover.