American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The loss of one or more sounds from the end of a word, as in Modern English sing from Middle English singen.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The cutting off, or omission, of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.
- n. (Med.) A cutting off; abscission.
- n. abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
- From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀποκοπή (apokopḗ), ἀποκόπτω (apokóptō, "cut off"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein, to cut off : apo-, apo- + koptein, to cut. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“apocope' of the final 'us', Taylor is supported by 'honest' and”
“Please read on Estonian apocope as but one example showing the falsity of your beliefs since regardless of vocal height, surely these differing vowels converged before being zeroed.”
“Wait, I realize now having misunderstood somewhat; you're not trying to trigger gemination by apocope, but by reduction.”
“Tropylium: "Wait, I realize now having misunderstood somewhat; you're not trying to trigger gemination by apocope, but by reduction.”
“But siccing apocope on (C)VCV, (C)VC should be an acceptable outcome, if coda consonants count as moraic.”
“Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter. p.24 see link: Since only word-internal tense plosives were preglottalized, the Old Danish apocope produced such pairs as WJut. kat - kat' 'cat - cats' kat - kaʔt corresponding to St.”
“For instance, in the prehistory of Modern Persian, apocope introduced word-final clusters of obstruent or nasal + r.”
“He had even taken to exaggerating the natural apocope of his speech, because it made him seem less like someone who would work in computers.”
“In these dialects many words end in a consonant but they cannot be seen as an apocope of an Italian word.”
“The final vowel, suffering apocope, would leave “Zarabt” equally applicable to the first person singular and the second person singular masculine.”
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