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or en·jambe·ment  (ĕn-jăm′mənt, -jămb′)
The continuation of a syntactic unit from one line or couplet of a poem to the next with no pause.

[French enjambement, from Old French enjamber, to straddle : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + jambe, leg; see jamb.]


(ɪnˈdʒæmmənt; French ɑ̃ʒɑ̃bmɑ̃) or


(Poetry) prosody the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next
[C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en-1 + jambe leg; see jamb]
enˈjambed adj


or en•jambe•ment

(ɛnˈdʒæm mənt, -ˈdʒæmb-)

n., pl. -ments (-mənts).
the running on of the thought from one poetic line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactic break.
[1830–40; < French enjambement <enjamb(er) to stride over, encroach]
en•jambed′, adj.
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Noun1.enjambment - the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
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