Meaning of hyperbaton

hy•per•ba•ton

Pronunciation: (hī-pûr'bu-ton"), [key]
— pl. -ba•tons, -ba•ta
  1. the use, esp. for emphasis, of a word order other than the expected or usual one, as in “Bird thou never wert.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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