• WordNet 3.6
    • n syncopation music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm
    • n syncopation a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
    • n syncopation (phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
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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.
    • Syncopation (Mus) The act of syncopating; a peculiar figure of rhythm, or rhythmical alteration, which consists in welding into one tone the second half of one beat with the first half of the beat which follows.
    • Syncopation (Gram) The act of syncopating; the contraction of a word by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle; syncope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syncopation The contraction of a word by taking a letter, letters, or a syllable from the middle, as in the seamen's fo'c'sle for forecastle; especially, such omission of a short vowel between two consonants.
    • n syncopation In music, the act, process, or result of inverting the rhythmic accent by beginning a tone or tones on an unaccented beat or pulse, and sustaining them into an accented one, so that the proper emphasis on the latter is more or less transferred back or anticipated. Syncopation may occur wholly within a measure, or may extend from measure to measure. In the following passage the syncopations are marked by asterisks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Syncopation act of syncopating
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. syncopāre, -ātum—L. syncope—-Gr. syn, together, koptein, to cut off.


In literature:

Odorous substances have occasioned syncope, stupor, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes death.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Her attacks were periodical, and attended by a rush of blood to the head, followed by delirium and syncope.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions" by Charles Mackay
Hardcastle had died in a syncope, as the other victims; that was all the most learned could declare.
"The Grey Room" by Eden Phillpotts
Gussie, for example, as we have seen, babbles of syncopated newts.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
It cannot, however, be denied that syncope may accompany this feeling of suffocation.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
The syncope lasted some time.
"The Curly-Haired Hen" by Auguste Vimar
The same vasomotor instability which shows itself in the tendency to syncopal attacks is apparent in many other ways.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
Champagne and those damnable syncopated tunes played by hysterical niggers make a poor jig.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Syncopate and curtail a greenish mineral, and leave a Turkish officer.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878" by Various
So the decision has that vellum syncopation.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein

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:

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 .
The five-horn frontline of Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, led by the one-named Skerik on tenor sax, can make gripping chaos from contrary motion or craft harmonies at once soft and rich.
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday October 14, 2001 Hosted by Mike Lambert.
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday, December 17, 2000 hosted by Michael Lambert.
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday, November 5, 2000 hosted by Michael Lambert.
When the rules of music notation allow, syncopated rhythms can be indicated with dotted notes instead of ties, as demonstrated in FIGURE 4.
Mastering Rhythm and Syncopation , Part 1 — Whole, Half, Quarter and Eighth Notes.
"The Sound, the Soul, the Syncopation " considers public housing as artistic training ground.
ACC.12 Late-breaker Shows Promise of Pacemakers through Diminishing Fainting Recurrences in Patients Diagnosed with Syncope .
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.
Mastering Rhythm and Syncopation, Part 2 — 16th Notes, Rests and Dotted Rhythms.
"Effective management of AF and unexplained syncope starts with effective monitoring ," said Professor Haverkamp.
They are making it happen with two new plays: "Down the Garden Paths," by Anne Meara, and "Syncopation," by Allan Knee.

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