American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of dieresis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dieresis.
- n. orthography A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in naïve, Noël, Brontë.
- n. linguistics, prosody The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables.
- n. prosody A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gram.) 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.
- 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)
“The term diaeresis earlier diæresis, US dieresis derives from a Greek word meaning 'divide' or 'separate'.”
“She loved having two dots over the e of her name and told everyone that they were called a diaeresis and meant that both the o and the e were to be sounded.”
“So there is a key called diaeresis (¨), which on the British keyboard is got by using Alt Gr and the left square bracket, so: AltGr+ [”
“To add a diaeresis (Â¨) above a letter, press Ctrl +: and type the letter that requires the diaeresis.”
“Probably because of that strange little trema (a French kind of umlaut or diaeresis) over the "e".”
“For the accent challenged, like me before looking it up, to put a diaeresis above the 'e' in Zoë: in comments hold down [ALT] and key 137 into the number keypad (the number line above the letter keyboard won't work).”
“Somehow the New Yorker's arcane use of a diaeresis (coöperation) or acute accent (élite) seems quaint - and doesn't interrupt a reader's flow like an additional, superfluous word; even e-mail doesn't itch.”
“By the way, I don't know who writes EU Law Blog the about link doesn't work for me at least but I love the way he or she uses a diaeresis in words like coöperation and coördinate.”
“Ie the is pronounced only when marked with a diaeresis.”
“Cause if it damaged a kidney, you might need diaeresis…”
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