from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
- n. A pause or interruption, as in conversation: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.
- n. 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.
- n. Music A pause or breathing at a point of rhythmic division in a melody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pause or interruption in a poem, music, building or other work of art.
- n. In Classical prosody, using two words to divide a metrical foot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a foot and commonly near the middle of the verse; a sense pause in the middle of a foot. Also, a long syllable on which the cæsural accent rests, or which is used as a foot.
- n. a pause or interruption (as in a conversation).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See cesura, cesural, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
- n. a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)
Latin caesūra, a cutting, from caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut off; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin caesūra ("cutting, hewing"), from caesus, perfect passive participle of caedō ("I cut down, hew"). (Wiktionary)