from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the metrical structure of verse.
- n. A particular system of versification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of rhythm, intonation, stress, and related attributes in speech.
- n. The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of grammar which treats of the quantity of syllables, of accent, and of the laws of versification or metrical composition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the quantity of syllables and of pronunciation as affecting versification; in a wider sense, metrics, or the elements of metrics, considered as a part of grammar (see metrics, 2).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (prosody) a system of versification
- n. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
- n. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
Middle English prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, accent, from Greek prosōidiā, song sung to music, accent : pros-, pros- + ōidē, song; see ode.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, from Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōidía, "song sung to music; pronunciation of syllable"), from πρός (pros, "to") + ᾠδή (ōidē, "song"). (Wiktionary)