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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aphesis  \Aph"e*sis\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  a  letting  go  ?  +  ?  to  let  go.] 
  The  loss  of  a  short  unaccented  vowel  at  the  beginning  of  a 
  word  --  the  result  of  a  phonetic  process;  as  squire  for 
  esquire.  --New  Eng.  Dict. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aphesis 
  n  :  the  gradual  disappearance  of  an  initial  (usually  unstressed) 
  vowel  or  syllable  as  in  `squire'  for  `esquire' 




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