syneresis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n syneresis the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
    • n syneresis the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Syneresis Same as Synæresis.
    • n Syneresis (Gram) The union, or drawing together into one syllable, of two vowels that are ordinarily separated in syllabification; synecphonesis; -- the opposite of diæresis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syneresis In grammar, the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one; especially, contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong, as ne'er for never, Atreides for Atreïdes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Syneresis si-ner′e-sis the coalescence of two vowels or syllables—opp. to Diæresis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a taking or drawing together, fr. to take together; sy`n with + to take, to grasp. See Syn-, and Heresy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. syn, together, hairein, to take.