- 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 syncop&emacron;n, accusative of syncop&emacron;, from Greek sunkop&emacron;, 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").