Meaning of scansion

scan•sion

Pronunciation: (skan'shun), [key]
— n. Pros.
  1. the metrical analysis of verse. The usual marks for scansion are ˘ for a short or unaccented syllable, ¯ or &prim; for a long or accented syllable, ˆ for a rest, | for a foot division, and ∥ for a caesura or pause.
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