from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Ending in a syntactic and rhythmic pause. Used of a line of verse or a couplet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a break or pause at the end of the line: applied to poetry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (verse) having a rhetorical pause at the end of each line


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  • Composing end-stopped lines so they can be interchanged in rhyme, meter and syntax, if that is your only goal, is not actually very difficult, though it is time-consuming.

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  • The quatrains are set apart from one another by the rhyme scheme and by heavily end-stopped punctuation at the conclusion of each.


  • The lines in this passage are generally end-stopped, that is, with a marked pause at the end of each, and the individual lines are not interrupted in the middle by pauses.


  • The scraping noise of his awkward sledge echoed off 'the fronts of the leaning buildings; otherwise, there was no sound but the end-stopped thuds of his footfalls, and an occasional bluster of evening 108


  • E.g.: How largely are the lines end-stopped (with a break in the sense at the end of each line, generally indicated by a mark of punctuation), how largely run-on (without such pause)?

    A History of English Literature

  • He had received the couplet from Dryden, but he polished it to a greater finish, emphasizing, on the whole, its character as a single unit by making it more consistently end-stopped.

    A History of English Literature

  • His blank verse, too, is comparatively clumsy -- padded with unnecessary words and the lines largely end-stopped.

    A History of English Literature

  • The verse is unrimed, not arranged in stanzas, and with lines more commonly end-stopped (with distinct pauses at the ends) than is true in good modern poetry.

    A History of English Literature

  • Marlowe, virtually a beginner, could not be expected to carry blank verse to that perfection which his success made possible for Shakspere; he did not altogether escape monotony and commonplaceness; but he gained a high degree of flexibility and beauty by avoiding a regularly end-stopped arrangement, by taking pains to secure variety of pause and accent, and by giving his language poetic condensation and suggestiveness.

    A History of English Literature

  • The variations of run-on lines (which, of course, carry with them the frequency of pauses within the line, and inversely the growing rarity of end-stopped lines) are closely parallel to those of the feminine endings; while the increase in the proportion of speeches ending within the line is still more striking.

    The Facts About Shakespeare


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