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elision

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noun eli·sion \i-ˈli-zhən\

Definition of elision

  1. 1 a :  the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (as 's instead of is in there's) b :  the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable in a verse to achieve a uniform metrical pattern

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of omitting something :  omission



Examples of elision

  1. <unfortunately, when the book was condensed, some of the elisions rendered major plot developments incomprehensible>



Origin of elision

Late Latin elision-, elisio, from Latin elidere


First Known Use: 1581


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