• WordNet 3.6
    • v syncopate modify the rhythm by stressing or accenting a weak beat
    • v syncopate omit a sound or letter in a word "syncopate a word"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jazz began in the 20th century, when bands in New Orleans began to apply the syncopated rhythms of ragtime to a variety of other tunes. In the first days of jazz, ensemble playing was emphasized. Only gradually did jazz come to be based on improvised solos.
    • Syncopate (Mus) To commence, as a tone, on an unaccented part of a measure, and continue it into the following accented part, so that the accent is driven back upon the weak part and the rhythm drags.
    • Syncopate (Gram) To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle; as, “Gloster” is a syncopated form of “Gloucester.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • syncopate To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle, as exemplified in Gloster for Gloucester.
    • syncopate In music, to affect by syncopation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Syncopate sing′kō-pāt to contract, as a word, by taking away letters from the middle:
    • v.t Syncopate sing′kō-pāt (mus.) to unite by a slur the last note of a bar to the first note of the next
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. syncopatus, p. p. of syncopare, to syncopate, to swoon. See Syncope
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. syncopāre, -ātum—L. syncope—-Gr. syn, together, koptein, to cut off.


In literature:

This is frequently seen in threatened syncopal attacks during chloroform administration.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Excessive exercise " " SYNCOPE.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He was falling into syncope.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
There are three modes in which death may occur: (1) Syncope; (2) asphyxia; (3) coma.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
These irregular forms of rhythm are called syncopation.
"Lessons in Music Form" by Percy Goetschius
The syncope or "trance," which is easy when she is well, becomes difficult or even impossible when she is ill.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
Syncopate mad, and leave what soldiers often make.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, January 1878, No. 3" by Various
E final, in a few words of foreign origin, forms a syllable; as syncope, simile.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Syncopated forms are indeed common, but to no greater extent than in colloquial English.
"The Maya Chronicles" by Various
Had he been in bed, I think there is reason to believe this fatal syncope, if such it was, would not have happened.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering

In poetry:

If you pluck out the heart
To find what makes it move,
You'll halt the clock
That syncopates our love.
"Admonition" by Sylvia Plath
MOSCON. Such being then thy constancy,
Livia, I must say good-bye,
Till to-morrow. Ah! if he
Is thy two-day fever, I
Hope he's not thy syncope.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Some words she runstogetherso;
Some others are distinctly stated;
Some cometoofast and s o m e t o o s l o w
And some are syncopated.
And yet no voice--I am sincere--
Exists that I prefer to hear.
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

The American Musical: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)/ Syncopated City (1919-1933).
Another installment of Riffer Madness, in which Dime covers psychotic syncopation .
Anyway, before we go any further, I guess I should explain what syncopation is all about, just so we're clear.
All syncopation means is accenting beats that you don't normally accent.
That's the whole trip with syncopation .
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday October 14, 2001 Hosted by Mike Lambert.
Westside Mural ' Syncopation ' Gets New Home.
Ed Massey's 2004 " Syncopation " has been installed on the grounds of a private school and will be dedicated this week in a small ceremony.
Brazilian Samba Princess Finds Grace in Syncopation .
In December, 2008, a 54-year-old man presented to our emergency department after a syncopal episode while reversing his car.
A pair of misfit hipsters hit the road in Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, a likably goofy, lo-fi indie propelled by the syncopations of a cheesy keyboard - and the cheesy dreams of its hapless heroes.
On your way home from work, canned ghetto-rage from a neighboring car pounds syncopated coolness through your windshield.
"The Sound, The Soul, The Syncopation" is an exhibit at Expo 72 that explores the connection between public housing and legendary musicians -- like Barbara Streisand, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley.
Syncopated Films and Sasquatch Films have set up indie feature project "Eye of Winter" with Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve and Logan Marshall Green set to star.
"Effective management of AF and unexplained syncope starts with effective monitoring ," said Professor Haverkamp.

In science:

Summary: Walking is regulated through the motorcontrol system (MCS). The MCS consists of a network of neurons from the central nervous system (CNS) and the intraspinal nervous system (INS), which is capable of producing a syncopated output.
A Multifractal Dynamical Model of Human Gait