Meaning of catalectic

cat•a•lec•tic

Pronunciation: (kat"l-ek'tik), [key]
— Pros. Pros.
—adj.
  1. (of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath.
—n.
  1. a catalectic line of verse. Cf. acatalectic, hypercatalectic.
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