Syncopation definitions

sĭng'kə-pā'shən, sĭn'-
A shift of accent in a passage or composition that occurs when a normally weak beat is stressed.
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Something, such as rhythm, that is syncopated.
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Syncope.
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A syncopating or being syncopated.
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Syncopated music, a syncopated rhythm, etc.
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(music) The quality of a rhythm being somehow unexpected, in that it deviates from the strict succession of regularly spaced strong and weak beats in a meter.
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(phonology) The loss of sounds in the middle of a word.
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Origin of syncopation

syncopate +"Ž -ion