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Syllable meaning

syllable - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. An elementary sound, or a combination of elementary sounds, uttered together, or with a single effort or impulse of the voice, and constituting a word or a part of a word. In other terms, it is a vowel or a diphtong, either by itself or flanked by one or more consonants, the whole produced by a single impulse or utterance. One of the liquids, l, m, n, may fill the place of a vowel in a syllable. Adjoining syllables in a word or phrase need not to be marked off by a pause, but only by such an abatement and renewal, or reenforcement, of the stress as to give the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 275.
  2. 2. In writing and printing, a part of a word, separated from the rest, and capable of being pronounced by a single impulse of the voice. It may or may not correspond to a syllable in the spoken language.
  3. 3. A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
  4. 4. To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate.
  5. 5. Word, or part of a word, uttered by a single impulse of the voice.

syllable - examples of usage

  1. What a difference there was between her inner world and her mother's, who could not breathe a syllable of that world's history to any living soul! - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  2. " I don't understand a word- not a syllable," said Garrison restlessly. - "Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course", W. B. M. Ferguson.
  3. If I utter a syllable Minckwitz will most certainly carry out his threat against me." - "The Secrets of Potsdam", William Le Queux.
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