- Music. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.
- something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.
- Also called counterpoint, counterpoint rhythm. Prosody. the use of rhetorical stress at variance with the metrical stress of a line of verse, as the stress on and and of in Come praise Colonus' horses and come praise/The wine-dark of the wood's intricacies.
- Grammar. syncope.
Origin of syncopation
Examples from the Web for syncopation
And over all the American jazz music boomed and whanged its syncopation.Gigolo
One may do worse than compare it with the Syrian syncopation of and ' in Bion's Adonis.Instigations
His heart beat with syncopation when he rose at the first note of music.What Will People Say?
Are you in favour of the establishment of a Ministry for the Control of Syncopation?
The result is an effect of syncopation which is peculiarly forceful.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed.
Henry Edward Krehbiel
- the displacement of the usual rhythmic accent away from a strong beat onto a weak beat
- a note, beat, rhythm, etc, produced by syncopation
- another word for syncope (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for syncopation
1530s, "contraction of a word by omission of middle sounds," from Medieval Latin syncopationem (nominative syncopatio) "a shortening or contraction," from syncopare "to shorten," also "to faint away, to swoon," from Late Latin syncope (see syncope). Musical sense is attested from 1590s.