from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in "Each throat/Was parched, and glazed each eye” ( Samuel Taylor Coleridge).
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- n. An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the arrangement of repeated, parallel, or contrasted words or phrases in two pairs, the second of which reverses the order of the first: as, do not live to eat, but eat to live; or as in the following quotation
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
New Latin chīasmus, from Greek khīasmos, syntactic inversion, from khīazein, to invert or mark with an X; see chiasma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chiasmus, from Ancient Greek χιασμός, from χιάζω ("to mark with a chi"), from χ (chi, "chi") (Wiktionary)