syllabic


1syl·lab·ic

adjective \sə-ˈla-bik\

linguistics : of or relating to syllables

Full Definition of SYLLABIC

1
:  constituting a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable:
a :  not accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel <a syllabic consonant>
b :  having vowel quality more prominent than that of another vowel in the syllable <the first vowel of a falling diphthong, as \ȯ\ in \ȯi\, is syllabic>
2
:  of, relating to, or denoting syllables <syllabic accent>
3
:  characterized by distinct enunciation or separation of syllables
4
:  of, relating to, or constituting a type of verse distinguished primarily by count of syllables rather than by rhythmical arrangement of accents or quantities
syl·lab·i·cal·ly \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of SYLLABIC

Late Latin syllabicus, from Greek syllabikos, from syllabē syllable
First Known Use: 1728

2syllabic

noun

Definition of SYLLABIC

:  a syllabic character or sound

First Known Use of SYLLABIC

1880

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