elision

noun eli·sion \ i-ˈli-zhən \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of elision

1 a : the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (such 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 : the act or an instance of omitting something : omission

Examples of elision in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of elision

Late Latin elision-, elisio, from Latin elidere



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