Definition of catalectic in English:

catalectic

adjective

Prosody
  • (of a metrical line of verse) lacking one syllable in the last foot.

    • ‘A minus sign in the notation indicates the line is catalectic, a plus sign indicates a hypermetric line.’
    • ‘The concept of catalexis and the catalectic verse is important in the study of the anapaestic dimeter.’
    • ‘A line from which unstressed syllables have been dropped is said to be truncated or catalectic.’
    • ‘The lines gradually increase from a trochaic monometer catalectic to a complicated decamter of spondees, anapaests, paeons, and dactyls.’
    • ‘The Stabat Mater is composed of six-lines stanzas of trochaic dimeters, the third and sixth lines being catalectic.’

noun

Prosody
  • A line lacking a syllable in the last foot.

Origin

Late 16th century: from late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein leave off.

Pronunciation:

catalectic

/ˌkadəˈlektik/