caesura

Definition of caesura

cae`su´ra
n.1.A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a foot and commonly near the middle of the verse; a sense pause in the middle of a foot. Also, a long syllable on which the cæsural accent rests, or which is used as a foot.
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2.a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); as, after an ominous caesura the preacher continued.

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