What does catalectic mean?

catalectic meaning in General Dictionary

Wanting a syllable at the end or terminating in an imperfect foot as a catalectic verse

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  • (verse) metrically incomplete; specially lacking more than one syllables in the last metrical base
  • (prosody) a line of verse that does not have a syllable in the last metrical base
  • Wanting a syllable at the end, or terminating in an imperfect foot; as, a catalectic verse.
  • Incomplete; limited; maybe not impacting the complete of au000du000a material.

catalectic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, in a line of verse, "wanting an unaccented syllable within the last few base," from belated Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalektikos "leaving off," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + legein "to go out of down, cease from," from PIE *(s)leg- "becoming slack, be languid" (see lax). A whole line is considered acatalectic.