(Syl*lab"i*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Syllabified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Syllabifying ] [L. syllaba syllable
+ -fy.] To form or divide into syllables.
(Syl"la*bism) n. The expressing of the sounds of a language by syllables, rather than by an
alphabet or by signs for words. I. Taylor
(Syl"la*bist) n. One who forms or divides words into syllables, or is skilled in doing this.
(Syl"la*bize) v. t. To syllabify. Howell.
(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 reënforcement, of the stress as to give the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to Pronunciation, §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.Hooker.
Who dare speakShak.
One syllable against him?
(Syl"la*ble), v. t. To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate. Milton.
(Syl"la*bub) n. Same as Syllabub.
(Syl"la*bus) n.; pl. E. Syllabuses L. Syllabi [L., fr. the same source as E. syllable.] A
compendium containing the heads of a discourse, and the like; an abstract.
(||Syl*lep"sis) n. [L., fr. Gr. sy`llhpsis a taking together, from . See syllable, n.]
1. (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which a word is used in a literal and metaphorical sense at the same
2. (Gram.) The agreement of a verb or adjective with one, rather than another, of two nouns, with either
of which it might agree in gender, number, etc.; as, rex et regina beati.
(Syl*lep"tic Syl*lep"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a syllepsis; containing syllepsis. Syl*lep"tic*al*ly,
(Syl*lid"i*an) n. [From NL. Syllis, the typical genus.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of
marine annelids of the family Syllidæ.
Many of the species are phosphorescent; others are remarkable for undergoing strobilation or fission and
for their polymorphism. The egg, in such species, develops into an asexual individual. When mature,