from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more intervening words; for example, where I go ever instead of wherever I go.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The separation of the parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a figure by which a compound word is separated into two parts, and one or more words are inserted between them: as, “of whom be thou ware also” (2 Tim. iv. 15), for “of whom beware thou also.” Also called diacope.
Late Latin tmēsis, from Greek, a cutting, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined 1586, from Late Latin tmēsis, from Ancient Greek τμῆσις (tmēsis, "a cutting"), from τέμνω (temnō, "I cut"). (Wiktionary)