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 of elisionClassical Latin elisio, a striking out (in Late Latin elision) ; from past participle of elidere: see elide
- a. Omission of a sound that would normally be pronounced in speaking a word.b. The combination of two syllables into one for the purposes of poetic scansion.
- The act or an instance of omission.
Origin of elisionLatin ēlīsiō, ēlīsiōn-, from ēlīsus, past participle of ēlīdere, to strike out; see elide.