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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
  • adjective Pronounced with every syllable distinct.
  • adjective Linguistics Designating a sound that is or can be the most sonorant segment of a syllable, as a vowel or a resonant. In the word riddle (rĭd′l), the two syllabic sounds are the (ĭ) and the (l).
  • adjective Of or being a form of verse based on the number of syllables in a line rather than on the arrangement of accents or quantities.
  • noun A syllabic sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to or consisting of a syllable or syllables: as, a syllabic accent; a syllabic augment.
  • Representing syllables instead of single sounds: said of an alphabetical sign, or of an alphabet or mode of writing: also used substantively.
  • Pronounced syllable by syllable; of elaborate distinctness.
  • noun See the extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a syllable or syllables.
  • adjective Consisting of a syllable or syllables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
  • adjective Pronounced with every syllable distinct.
  • adjective linguistics Designating a sound that is or can be the most sonorant segment of a syllable, as a vowel or a resonant. In the word riddle (rĭd'l), the two syllabic sounds are the (i˘) and the (l).
  • adjective Of, or being a form of verse, based on the number of syllables in a line rather than on the arrangement of accents or quantities.
  • noun linguistics A syllabic sound.

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

  • adjective (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities
  • adjective of or relating to syllables
  • adjective consisting of or using a syllabary
  • adjective consisting of a syllable or syllables
  • adjective (of speech sounds) forming the nucleus of a syllable

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin syllabicus, from Greek sullabikos, from sullabē, syllable; see syllable.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Medieval Latin syllabicus, from Ancient Greek συλλαβικός (syllabikós), from συλλαβή (syllabē, "syllable").

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