Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Division of a word or phrase into syllables.
  • n. Use of syllabic characters in writing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The expression of the sounds of a language by syllables, rather than by an alphabet or by signs for words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The expressing of the sounds of a language by syllables, rather than by an alphabet or by signs for words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Theory of or concerning syllables; also, syllabic character; representation of syllables.

Etymologies

Latin syllaba, syllable; see syllable + -ism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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