systole systole
 sis'-to-lee from Gk. syn, "together" and stellein, "to place"

To make short a naturally long vowel. A kind of metaplasm.
  In the following stanza, the rhyming words only do rhyme if the second word, "feel" has its vowel sound shortened to the equivalent of "fill":

Poor duck, by buckshot robbed of useful bill,
Poor hunter, maimed by sorrow he must feel.

Related Figures

  Sources: Susenbrotus (1540) 21-22; Sherry (1550) 27 ("sytole," "contractio"); Peacham (1577) E2v

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