from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” ( Winston S. Churchill).
- n. Linguistics The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer back to another unit, as the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.
- n. An expression that can refer to virtually any referent, the specific referent being defined by context.
- n. An expression that refers to a preceding expression.
- n. Plural form of anaphor.
- n. Plural form of anaphora.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A repetition of a word or of words at the beginning of two or more successive clauses.
- n. the use of a substitute word, such as a pronoun, in reference to a something already mentioned in a discourse; also, the relation between the substitute word and its antecedent. It is contrasted with
cataphora, the use of a pronoun for a word or topic not yet mentioned.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of two or more succeeding verses, clauses, or sentences: as, “Where is the wise ? where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this world?” 1 Cor. i. 20.
- n. In astronomy, the oblique ascension of a star.
- n. In liturgics, the more solemn part of the eucharistic service: probably so called from the oblation which occurs in it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
- n. repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
Late Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀναφορά (anaphora, "a carrying back"), from ἀνά (ana, "up") + φέρω (pherō, "I carry"). (Wiktionary)