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ablaut


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ablaut  \Ab"laut\,  n.  [Ger.,  off-sound;  ab  off  +  laut  sound.] 
  (Philol.) 
  The  substitution  of  one  root  vowel  for  another,  thus 
  indicating  a  corresponding  modification  of  use  or  meaning; 
  vowel  permutation;  as  get  gat,  got  sing,  song;  hang,  hung. 
  --Earle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ablaut 
  n  :  a  vowel  whose  quality  or  length  is  changed  to  indicate 
  linguistic  distinctions  (such  as  sing  sang  sung  song) 
  [syn:  {gradation}] 




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