adjective non·syllabic

Definition of nonsyllabic

  1. :  not constituting a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable: a of a consonant :  accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel \n\ is syllabic in \ˈbätənē\ botany, nonsyllabic in \ˈbätnē\ b of a vowel :  having vowel quality less prominent than that of another vowel in the syllable the second vowel of a falling diphthong, as \i\ in \ȯi\, is nonsyllabic

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