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scansion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scansion analysis of verse into metrical patterns
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scansion (Pros) The act of scanning; distinguishing the metrical feet of a verse by emphasis, pauses, or otherwise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scansion The act of scanning; the measuring of a verse by feet in order to see whether the quantities are duly observed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scansion act of counting the measures in a verse
    • Scansion . See Scan.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scansio, fr. scandere, scansum, to climb. See Scan

Usage

In literature:

Would the Armed Services make their records available for scansion by somatotype and pigmentation?
"Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley
The language had undergone some changes since Chaucer's time, which made his scansion obsolete.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
As the scansion of the last is in doubt with Scripture, no totals of feet are given.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
A great deal too much fuss is made over the pronunciation and scansion of Chaucer.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Her walk was like the scansion of good verse.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
You find it as such in the scansions of Horace.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
Many a flower-girt dwelling and splendid scansion lacks all the essentials of Home.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Mark the scansion of stanza 34, Canto II.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
Absence of scansion tortured the ear.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I wanted to read it aloud to you and get in my practice on scansion that way.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
A knowledge of the most common forms of variation is necessary to correct scansion.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Samples should carefully count her syllables, and repeat her lines aloud, to make sure of perfect scansion.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Indeed, all French poetry is easily scanned quantitatively, though the usual authorities protest against such scansion.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
I shall hold no brief for the good professor's method of scansion.
"Atlantic Classics" by Various
Your uncle's words: 'Tennyson has no sense of rhythm and scansion,' have been constantly quoted against me.
"Tennyson and His Friends" by Various
The average Restoration lyric is correct enough in scansion, but the melody is conventional, poor and thin.
"The Age of Dryden" by Richard Garnett
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In science:

They found spectral index values of b = 1.33 ± 0.02 (from optical to X-ray spectrum), b = 1.250 ± 0.068 (from a weighted mean over temporal scansion of the optical spectrum) and b = 1.31 ± 0.10 respectively, and an extinction consistent with zero.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
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