from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The loss of one or more sounds from the beginning of a word, as in till for until.
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- n. Alternative spelling of apheresis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as apheresis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. See apheresis, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, from aphairein, to take away : apo-, apo- + hairein, to take.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)