catalectic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj catalectic (verse) metrically incomplete; especially lacking one or more syllables in the final metrical foot
    • n catalectic (prosody) a line of verse that lacks a syllable in the last metrical foot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Catalectic (Photog. & Chem) Incomplete; partial; not affecting the whole of a substance.
    • Catalectic (Pros) Wanting a syllable at the end, or terminating in an imperfect foot; as, a catalectic verse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • catalectic In prosody: Wanting part of the last foot: as, a catalectic line or verse: opposed to acatalectic. in the following couplet the second line is catalectic, the first acatalectic. Tēll mĕ | nōt, ĭn | mōurnfŭl | nū mbĕrs, Līfe ĭs | bū t ăn ēmptȳ | drēam ! Verses consisting of feet of three or more syllables are described as catalectic in a syllable, a disyllable, or a trisyllable, according to the number of syllables in the last or incomplete foot.
    • n catalectic A catalectic verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Catalectic kat-a-lek′tik incomplete: applied to a verse wanting one syllable at the end, or terminating in an imperfect foot.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. catalecticus, Gr. incomplete, fr. to leave off; kata` down, wholly + lh`gein to stop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. katalēktikos, incomplete—katalēgein, to stop.

Usage

In literature:

Apuleius, l. 30. et Catalect.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Verses are distinguished as Catalectic or Acatalectic.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
Dactylic, catalectic couplet of the general form: III III III I / III III III I (with rhyme).
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
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In science:

Cat is the space of catalectic multi-matrixes (see de finitions i n 2).
Irreducibility of G-varieties defined by quadrics
The notation PN k≥0 means Pk∈N . A multi-matrix B ∈ CN×N is catalectic if Bi j = bi+ j for some b ∈ C2N .
Irreducibility of G-varieties defined by quadrics
Note that a catalectic multi-matrix B is symmetric, Bt = B.
Irreducibility of G-varieties defined by quadrics
There exist an isomorphism between the projective space of catalectic multi-matrixes, Cat, and the dual of the image of µ : S 2 (CN ) −→ C2N , Cat −→ Pµ(S 2 (CN ))∨ , B → bbt . where b ∈ C2N is a multi-vector that de fines B and the associated linear fun ctional bbt : C2N → C is bbt ( x) = bt x.
Irreducibility of G-varieties defined by quadrics
The de finition of a catalectic multi-matrix B implies that there exist a multi-vector b ∈ C2N such that Bi j = bi+ j .
Irreducibility of G-varieties defined by quadrics
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