from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Omission of a final or initial sound in pronunciation.
- n. Omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable, as in scanning a verse.
- n. The act or an instance of omitting something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The deliberate omission of something.
- n. The omission of a letter or syllable between two words; sometimes marked with an apostrophe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A striking or cutting off; specifically, in grammar, the cutting off or suppression of a vowel or syllable, naturally or for the sake of euphony or meter, especially at the end of a word when the next word begins with a vowel; more generally, the suppression of any part of a word in speech or writing: as, in “th' embattled plain” there is an elision of e; in “I'll not do it” there is an elision of wi.
- n. Division; separation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deliberate act of omission
- n. omission of a sound between two words (usually a vowel and the end of one word or the beginning of the next)
Latin ēlīsiō, ēlīsiōn-, from ēlīsus, past participle of ēlīdere, to strike out; see elide.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From elide. (Wiktionary)