from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Grammar To shorten (a word) by syncope.
- transitive v. Music To modify (rhythm) by syncopation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to omit a sound or a letter from a word; to use syncope
- v. to stress or accentuate the weak beat of a rhythm; to use syncopation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle.”
- transitive v. To commence, as a tone, on an unaccented part of a measure, and continue it into the following accented part, so that the accent is driven back upon the weak part and the rhythm drags.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle, as exemplified in Gloster for Gloucester.
- In music, to affect by syncopation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. modify the rhythm by stressing or accenting a weak beat
- v. omit a sound or letter in a word
Late Latin syncopāre, syncopāt-, from syncopē, syncope; see syncope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin syncopātus, past particple of syncopō, from Late Latin syncopa, from Ancient Greek σύν (syn, "with") + κόπτω (kopto, "cut") (Wiktionary)