from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Linguistics The drawing together into one syllable of two consecutive vowels or syllables, as in the formation of a diphthong.
- n. Chemistry Exudation of the liquid component of a gel.
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- n. Alternative spelling of synaeresis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as synæresis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one; especially, contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong, as ne'er for never, Atreides for Atreïdes.
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)
Late Latin synaeresis, from Greek sunairesis, from sunairein, to contract : sun-, syn- + hairein, to take, grasp.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)