Meaning of caesura

cae•su•ra

Pronunciation: (si-zhoor'u, -zoor'u, siz-yoor'u), [key]
— pl. cae•su•ras, cae•su•rae
  1. a break, esp. a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyself ∥ presume not God to scan.
  2. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, esp. in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
  3. any break, pause, or interruption.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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