Definition of enjambed in English:

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enjambed

Pronunciation: /enˈjamd/

adjective

(Of a line, couplet, or stanza of verse) ending partway through a sentence or clause that continues in the next.
Example sentences
  • Some poems play frequently enjambed lines against end-stopped stanzas; others build up successively stronger enjambments in order to emphasise one big stop.
  • Ryan's own phrase ‘bluntly luscious’ comes to mind to describe the deceptive simplicity of her often short, enjambed lines.
  • To see the sun in its ‘essential barrenness’ is but the first of a two-step process that the quintet's final, significantly enjambed line begins to elaborate.

Origin

Late 19th century: from French enjamber 'stride over' + -ed2.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: en·jambed

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