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Syncope Definition

See elision.


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Other Syncope Definition

[n] (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
[n] a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Synonyms

faint, swoon, syncopation

Misc. Definitions

\Syn"co*pe\, n. [L. syncope, syncopa, Gr. ? a cutting up, a syncope; akin to ? to beat together, to cut up, cut short, weavy; sy`n with + ? to strike, cut.]
1. (Gram.) An elision or retrenchment of one or more letters or syllables from the middle of a word; as, ne'er for never, ev'ry for every.
2. (Mus.) Same as {Syncopation}.
3. (Med.) A fainting, or swooning. See {Fainting}.
4. A pause or cessation; suspension. [R.] Revely, and dance, and show, Suffer a syncope and solemn pause. --Cowper.

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