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catalectic


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catalectic  \Cat`a*lec"tic\,  a.  [L.  catalecticus  Gr  ? 
  incomplete,  fr  ?  to  leave  off  kata`  down  wholly  +  lh`gein 
  to  stop.] 
  1.  (Pros.)  Wanting  a  syllable  at  the  end  or  terminating  in 
  an  imperfect  foot;  as  a  catalectic  verse. 
 
  2.  (Photog.  &  Chem.)  Incomplete;  partial;  not  affecting  the 
  whole  of  a  substance.  --Abney. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catalectic 
  adj  :  (verse)  metrically  incomplete;  especially  lacking  one  or 
  more  syllables  in  the  final  metrical  foot  [ant:  {hypercatalectic}, 
  {acatalectic}] 




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