Syllable

Definition of Syllable

Syl´la`ble
n.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 speak
One syllable against him?
- Shak.
v. t.1.To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate.

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