from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of dieresis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in naïve, Noël, Brontë.
- n. The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables.
- n. A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The separation or resolution of one syllable into two; -- the opposite of synæresis.
- n. A mark consisting of two dots [¨], placed over the second of two adjacent vowels, to denote that they are to be pronounced as distinct letters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dieresis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound
From Ancient Greek διαίρεσις ("division, split"), from διά (dia, "apart") + αἱρέω (aireō, "I take"). (Wiktionary)