Definitions for: Synaeresis


[n] the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
[n] the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong



Webster (1913) Definition: Syn*[ae]r"e*sis, Syneresis Syn*er"e*sis, n. [NL.,
fr. Gr. ? a taking or drawing together, fr. ? to take
together; sy`n with + ? to take, to grasp. See Syn-, and
Heresy.] (Gram.)
The union, or drawing together into one syllable, of two
vowels that are ordinarily separated in syllabification;
synecphonesis; -- the opposite of di[ae]resis.

Synonyms: syneresis

See Also: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, linguistic process

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