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diaeresis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diaeresis  \Di*[ae]r"e*sis\,  Dieresis  \Di*er"e*sis\  (?;  277),  n.; 
  pl  {Di[ae]reses}  or  {Diereses}.  [L.  diaeresis,  Gr  ?,  fr  ? 
  to  divide;  dia`  through  asunder  +  ?  to  take  See  {Heresy}.] 
  1.  (Gram.)  The  separation  or  resolution  of  one  syllable  into 
  two  --  the  opposite  of  syn[ae]resis. 
 
  2.  A  mark  consisting  of  two  dots  [[umlaut]],  placed  over  the 
  second  of  two  adjacent  vowels,  to  denote  that  they  are  to 
  be  pronounced  as  distinct  letters;  as  co["o]perate, 
  a["e]rial. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diaeresis 
  n  :  a  diacritical  mark  (two  dots)  placed  over  a  vowel  in  German 
  to  indicate  a  change  in  sound  [syn:  {umlaut},  {dieresis}] 




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