Definition of scansion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskænʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskænʃn//
[uncountable] (specialist) Poetry
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the rhythm of a line of poetry Wordfindercouplet, image, lyric, poetry, recite, refrain, rhyme, scansion, stanza, verse See related entries: Poetry Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin scansio(n-), from scandere ‘to climb’; compare with scan.
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