from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure of speech, such as anastrophe or hysteron proteron, using deviation from normal or logical word order to produce an effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inversion of the usual or logical order of words or phrases, for emphasis or poetic effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figurative construction, changing or inverting the natural order of words or clauses.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In gram, and rhetoric: A figure consisting in departure from the customary order by placing a word or phrase in an unusual position in a sentence; transposition or inversion, especially of a bold or violent sort.
- n. An instance or example of such transposition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reversal of normal word order (as in `cheese I love')
Greek huperbaton, from neuter of huperbatos, transposed, from huperbainein, to step over : huper-, over, across; see hyper- + bainein, to step; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin hyperbaton, from Greek ὑπερβατον ‘overstepping’, from ὑπερβαινειν, from ὑπερ- + βαίνειν ‘walk’. (Wiktionary)