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syllable


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Syllable  \Syl"la*ble\,  v.  t. 
  To  pronounce  the  syllables  of  to  utter;  to  articulate. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Syllable  \Syl"la*ble\,  n.  [OE.  sillable,  OF  sillabe,  F. 
  syllabe,  L.  syllaba,  Gr  ?  that  which  is  held  together, 
  several  letters  taken  together  so  as  to  form  one  sound,  a 
  syllable,  fr  ?  to  take  together;  ?  with  +  ?  to  take  cf 
  Skr.  labh,  rabh.  Cf  {Lemma},  {Dilemma}.] 
  1.  An  elementary  sound,  or  a  combination  of  elementary 
  sounds,  uttered  together,  or  with  a  single  effort  or 
  impulse  of  the  voice,  and  constituting  a  word  or  a  part  of 
  a  word  In  other  terms,  it  is  a  vowel  or  a  diphtong, 
  either  by  itself  or  flanked  by  one  or  more  consonants,  the 
  whole  produced  by  a  single  impulse  or  utterance.  One  of 
  the  liquids,  l,  m,  n,  may  fill  the  place  of  a  vowel  in  a 
  syllable.  Adjoining  syllables  in  a  word  or  phrase  need  not 
  to  be  marked  off  by  a  pause,  but  only  by  such  an  abatement 
  and  renewal,  or  re["e]nforcement,  of  the  stress  as  to  give 
  the  feeling  of  separate  impulses.  See  Guide  to 
  Pronunciation,  [sect]275. 
 
  2.  In  writing  and  printing,  a  part  of  a  word  separated  from 
  the  rest,  and  capable  of  being  pronounced  by  a  single 
  impulse  of  the  voice.  It  may  or  may  not  correspond  to  a 
  syllable  in  the  spoken  language. 
 
  Withouten  vice  [i.  e.  mistake]  of  syllable  or 
  letter.  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  A  small  part  of  a  sentence  or  discourse;  anything  concise 
  or  short;  a  particle. 
 
  Before  any  syllable  of  the  law  of  God  was  written. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  Who  dare  speak  One  syllable  against  him?  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  syllable 
  n  :  a  unit  of  spoken  language  larger  than  a  phoneme;  "the  word 
  `pocket'  has  two  syllables" 




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