from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect, as in the phrase here and there and everywhere.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The use of many conjunctions to achieve an overwhelming effect in a sentence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which the conjunction is often repeated, as in the sentence, “We have ships and men and money and stores.” Opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession; introduction of all the members of a series of coördinate words or clauses with conjunctions: opposed to asyndeton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
Late Greek polusundeton, from neuter of polusundetos, using many connectives : Greek polu-, poly- + Greek sundetos, bound together; see syndetic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)