Definitions for: Syncope


[n] (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
[n] a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain



Webster (1913) Definition: Syn"co*pe, n. [L. syncope, syncopa, Gr. ? a cutting
up, a syncope; akin to ? to beat together, to cut up, cut
short, weavy; sy`n with + ? to strike, cut.]
1. (Gram.) An elision or retrenchment of one or more letters
or syllables from the middle of a word; as, ne'er for
never, ev'ry for every.

2. (Mus.) Same as Syncopation.

3. (Med.) A fainting, or swooning. See Fainting.

4. A pause or cessation; suspension. [R.]

Revely, and dance, and show, Suffer a syncope and
solemn pause. --Cowper.

Synonyms: faint, swoon, syncopation

See Also: articulation, loss of consciousness

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