from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A construction in which a form, such as a pronoun, differs in number but agrees in meaning with the word governing it, as in If the group becomes too large, we can split them in two.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A construction in which adherence to some element in the sense causes a departure from strict syntax, as in “Philip went down to Samaria and preached Christ unto them.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar and rhetoric, construction according to the sense, in violation of strict syntax.
Greek sunesis, union, understanding, from sunīenai, to understand, bring together : sun-, syn- + hīenai, to send, hurl; see yē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)