from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of syneresis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or a long vowel.
- n. the separating out of the liquid from a gel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The union, or drawing together into one syllable, of two vowels that are ordinarily separated in syllabification; synecphonesis; -- the opposite of diæresis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See syneresis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
- n. the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
From Ancient Greek συναίρεσις (sunairesis, "unification"), from συν (sun, "together") + αἵρεσις (airesis, "taking"), from αἱρέω (aireō, "I take"). (Wiktionary)