Definition of hemistich in English:

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hemistich

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmɪstɪk/

noun

(Chiefly in Old English verse) a half of a line of verse.
Example sentences
  • The column is divided into hemistichs justified at the outer edges.
  • Bénabou joins the first hemistich of each line to the second of another: the first alexandrine thus selected is the opening line of Rimbaud's ‘Bateau ivre’.
  • The point of his entire speech seems to be summed up in the first hemistich of line 279.

Origin

Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hēmistikhion, from hēmi- 'half' + stikhos 'row, line of verse'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: hemi|stich

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