- An example of a syncope is pronouncing cannot as can't.
- An example of a syncope is passing out from holding your breath too long.
The definition of a syncope is a word pronounced without a sound in the middle, or a fainting caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain.
- loss of sounds or letters from the middle of a word, as in the pronunciation of Gloucester (gläst?r)
- temporary loss of consciousness, caused by an inadequate flow of blood to the brain
Origin of syncopeLate Latin from Classical Greek synkop? from syn-, together + koptein, to cut from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep- from source capon
- Grammar The shortening of a word by omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the middle of the word; for example, bos'n for boatswain.
- Medicine A brief loss of consciousness caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain.
Origin of syncopeMiddle English sincopis from sincopene from Late Latin syncopēn accusative of syncopē from Greek sunkopē from sunkoptein to cut short sun- syn- koptein to strike
- syn′co·pal syn·cop′ic
- A loss of consciousness when someone faints, a swoon.
- (prosody, phonology) The absence of a sound from the interior of a word, for example by changing cannot to can't or the pronunciation of placenames in -cester (e.g. Leicester) as -ster.
- A missed beat or off-beat stress in music resulting in syncopation.
Late Latin syncope, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î³ÎºÎ¿Ï€Î® (sunkopÄ“), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sin) + ÎºÏŒÏ€Ï„Ï‰ (koptein, “strike, cut off").