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Definitions of Tmesis

  1. The separation of the parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words; as, in what place soever, for whatsoever place. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A figure by which a compound word is separated by the intervention of one or more words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. tm[=e]'sis, n. (gram.) the separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more words inserted between them, as 'Saxo cere-comminuit-brum;' 'of whom be thou ware also' (2 Tim. iv. 15). [L.,--Gr. tm[=e]sis--temnein, to cut.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  4. (gram.). Separation of the parts of a word by intervening word (s) (e.g. to us ward, Latin cere-comminuit -brum). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  5. [Gr.] In Gr., the separation of a compound word into two parts by interposing a word between them ; as in to us ward. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
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