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

 

scansion

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin scansio(n-), from scandere ‘to climb’; compare with scan.
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