from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The absence of one or more syllables in a line of verse, especially in the last foot.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In prosody, incompleteness of the last foot or measure of a verse; in a wider sense, incompleteness of any foot in a verse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
shortenedor incompletelast footat the end of a verse.
Truncationat the close of a line of poetryby omissionof one or two final syllables.
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- noun the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Nearly all English metres owe their existence as metres to "catalexis," or pause, for the time of one or more feet, and, as
Getting the vapors over a critic screaming his outrage in full-throated disgust at the abandonment of humane ideals is to play the courtly stooge in a manner most unbecoming an honest mind. — catalexis
What does that say about the prospects for assimilation of newcomers from Mexico? catalexis Says:
* With apologies to catalexis, I took the liberty of substituting a Baby Sinclair picture that I think more closely captures the batshit craziness of Huggy Bear.
Report this comment to the moderators catalexis Writes:
For information on the generally overlooked but primarily important function of catalexis in English verse I refer such readers as may be curious about the subject to the Essay printed as an appendix to the later editions of my collected poems.
_̷ ◡ ◡ _̷ ◡ _̷ ◡ _̷ ◡ _̷ that is, 5-stress trochaic, with dactylic substitution in the first foot and truncation or catalexis of the last foot in the second and fourth lines; or perhaps iambic, with anapestic substitution in the second foot and a feminine ending in the first and third lines.
a rule, the position and amount of catalexis are fixed.