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

  • n. Variant of disyllable.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of disyllable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word of two syllables; as, pa-per.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word consisting of two syllables only, as paper, whiteness, virtue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a word having two syllables


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  • It closes a couplet and rhimes to a complete dissyllable in one of the most finishd productions of one of our most correct poets in the mechanism of versification.

    Letter 111

  • I must object notwithstanding to his saying that Heaven cannot be a dissyllable.

    Letter 111

  • This hapless dissyllable my uncle carried in person to the herald office in Scotland; but neither Lyon, nor Marchmont, nor Islay, nor Snadoun, neither herald nor pursuivant, would patronise Scrogie. —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Melancholy dissyllable of sound! which, to his ears, was unison to Nincompoop, and every name vituperative under heaven. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • B. however supports Rossetti, and in point of fact Shelley usually wrote lightenings, even where the word counts as a dissyllable (Locock).

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • The icy-hearted Scandinavian, whose austere cooking and sardonic manner of waiting on table had so depressed Gloria, gave way to an exceedingly efficient Japanese whose name was Tanalahaka, but who confessed that he heeded any summons which included the dissyllable

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • She looked at him closely; her ear attuned to his voice caught the slightest thickness in the dissyllable.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • The dissyllable termination, which the critick rightly appropriates to the drama, is to be found, though, I think, not in Gorboduc which is confessedly before our authour; yet in Hieronnymo, of which the date is not certain, but which there is reason to believe at least as old as his earliest plays.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • It is not long since I saw the poor dissyllable in question evidently misapplied in the dedication of a book, and on Sunday, not long ago, I heard the pastor of one of the first churches in the city preach of the power directing the events which _transpire_ in this world!

    The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Cales (13), pronounced as a dissyllable, is of course Cadiz.

    Lyra Heroica A Book of Verse for Boys


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