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

  • n. Variant of syneresis.

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  • n. the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or a long vowel.
  • n. the separating out of the liquid from a gel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The union, or drawing together into one syllable, of two vowels that are ordinarily separated in syllabification; synecphonesis; -- the opposite of diæresis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See syneresis.

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)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek συναίρεσις (sunairesis, "unification"), from συν (sun, "together") + αἵρεσις (airesis, "taking"), from αἱρέω (aireō, "I take").

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