elision[ē liz̸h′ən, i-]
- the omission, assimilation, or slurring over of a vowel, syllable, etc. in pronunciation: often used in poetry to preserve meter, as when a word ends with a vowel before another word beginning with a vowel (Ex.: “th' inevitable hour”)
- any act or instance of leaving out or omitting a part or parts
Origin: Classical Latin elisio, a striking out (in Late Latin elision) ; from past participle of elidere: see elide
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- a. Omission of a final or initial sound in pronunciation.b. Omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable, as in scanning a verse.
- The act or an instance of omitting something.
Origin: Latin ēlīsiō, ēlīsiōn-, from ēlīsus, past participle of ēlīdere, to strike out; see elide.