What does enjambment mean?

Definitions for enjambment
ɛnˈdʒæm mənt, -ˈdʒæmb-en·jamb·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enjambment, enjambementnoun

    the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause


  1. enjambmentnoun

    A technique in poetry whereby a sentence is carried over to the next line without pause.

  2. Etymology: From French enjambement.


  1. Enjambment

    In poetry, enjambment ( or ; from the French enjamber) is incomplete syntax at the end of a line; the meaning 'runs over' or 'steps over' from one poetic line to the next, without punctuation. Lines without enjambment are end-stopped. The origin of the word is credited to the French word enjamber, which means 'to straddle or encroach'.In reading, the delay of meaning creates a tension that is released when the word or phrase that completes the syntax is encountered (called the rejet); the tension arises from the "mixed message" produced both by the pause of the line-end, and the suggestion to continue provided by the incomplete meaning. In spite of the apparent contradiction between rhyme, which heightens closure, and enjambment, which delays it, the technique is compatible with rhymed verse. Even in couplets, the closed or heroic couplet was a late development; older is the open couplet, where rhyme and enjambed lines co-exist.Enjambment has a long history in poetry. Homer used the technique, and it is the norm for alliterative verse where rhyme is unknown. In the 32nd Psalm of the Hebrew Bible enjambment is unusually conspicuous. It was used extensively in England by Elizabethan poets for dramatic and narrative verses, before giving way to closed couplets. The example of John Milton in Paradise Lost laid the foundation for its subsequent use by the English Romantic poets; in its preface he identified it as one of the chief features of his verse: "sense variously drawn out from one verse into another".


  1. enjambment

    Enjambment is a literary device used in poetry where one line ends without a pause or any punctuation and continues onto the next line. Essentially, it is the continuation of a sentence or thought from one line of verse into the next line without a major pause or terminal punctuation.


  1. Enjambment

    In poetry, enjambment or enjambement is the breaking of a syntactic unit or a clause over two or more lines without a punctuated pause.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enjambment

    en-jamb′ment, n. in verse, the continuation of a sentence beyond the end of the line. [Fr.,—enjamberen, in, jambe, leg.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enjambment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enjambment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • enjambment EnjambmentDanish
  • enjambmentGreek
  • enjambmentEsperanto
  • encabalgamientoSpanish
  • تکه‌بندیPersian
  • enjambment YlivuotoFinnish
  • enjambementFrench
  • एन्जैमेंटHindi
  • áthajlás, enjambementHungarian
  • enjambemenIndonesian
  • 折り返しJapanese
  • Enjambment - ಇಂಜಾಂಬ್ಮೆಂಟ್Kannada
  • enjambemanKurdish
  • enjambmentLatin
  • enjambment Enjambment is een literaire techniek waarbij een zin niet stopt aan het einde van een regel en in plaats daarvan doorgaat op de volgende regel.Dutch
  • enjażmentPolish
  • enjambment - împrumut din limba franceză, se referă la trecerea unei propoziții sau a unei fraze de la un vers la altul, fără a se opri la sfârșitul unui vers.Romanian
  • анжамбеманRussian
  • öveffallenSwedish
  • עניאמבמענטYiddish
  • 包围Chinese

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