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Meaning of SYLLABLE

Pronunciation:  'silubul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme; "the word `pocket' has two syllables"

SYLLABLE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: antepenult, antepenultimate, language unit, linguistic unit, penult, penultima, penultimate, reduplication, solfa syllable, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Syl"la*ble\, n. [OE. sillable, OF. sillabe, F.
    syllabe, L. syllaba, Gr. ? that which is held together,
    several letters taken together so as to form one sound, a
    syllable, fr. ? to take together; ? with + ? to take; cf.
    Skr. labh, rabh. Cf. {Lemma}, {Dilemma}.]
    1. An elementary sound, or a combination of elementary
       sounds, uttered together, or with a single effort or
       impulse of the voice, and constituting a word or a part of
       a word. In other terms, it is a vowel or a diphtong,
       either by itself or flanked by one or more consonants, the
       whole produced by a single impulse or utterance. One of
       the liquids, l, m, n, may fill the place of a vowel in a
       syllable. Adjoining syllables in a word or phrase need not
       to be marked off by a pause, but only by such an abatement
       and renewal, or re["e]nforcement, of the stress as to give
       the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to
       Pronunciation, [sect]275.
    2. In writing and printing, a part of a word, separated from
       the rest, and capable of being pronounced by a single
       impulse of the voice. It may or may not correspond to a
       syllable in the spoken language.
             Withouten vice [i. e. mistake] of syllable or
             letter.                               --Chaucer.
    3. A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise
       or short; a particle.
             Before any syllable of the law of God was written.
             Who dare speak One syllable against him? --Shak.
  2. \Syl"la*ble\, v. t.
    To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate.