from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The loss of one or more sounds from the end of a word, as in Modern English sing from Middle English singen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The loss or omission of a sound or syllable from the end of a word.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cutting off, or omission, of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.
- n. A cutting off; abscission.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, the cutting off or omission of the last letter or syllable of a word, as in th' for the, i' for in.
- n. In surgery, a wound with loss of substance; ablation; amputation.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of plec-tospondylous fishes, of the family Cyprinidæ. It contains several species of western North America, such as A. couesi. E. D. Cope, 1871.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
Late Latin, from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein, to cut off : apo-, apo- + koptein, to cut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀποκοπή (apokopḗ), ἀποκόπτω (apokóptō, "cut off"). (Wiktionary)