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Definition of "scansion" [scan•sion]

  • Analysis of verse into metrical patterns. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scansion" in a sentence
  • "Even in something as formal as poetry, it can be difficult to decide whether this imperfection in the scansion is deliberate variety meant to relieve rigidity?"
  • "Time is both tension and scansion, rhythm and flux, continuity and discontinuity, and also repetition: All of which is translated in the artists' works."
  • ""I didn't do the scansion right," she explained later, still punishing herself for the error, and for having whatever is the opposite of a poker face."