diaeresis

[ dahy-er-uh-sis ]
/ daɪˈɛr ə sɪs /

noun, plural di·aer·e·ses [dahy-er-uh-seez] /daɪˈɛr əˌsiz/.

Related forms

di·ae·ret·ic [dahy-uh-ret-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective

Definition for diaeresis (2 of 2)

dieresis

or di·aer·e·sis

[ dahy-er-uh-sis ]
/ daɪˈɛr ə sɪs /

noun, plural di·er·e·ses [dahy-er-uh-seez] /daɪˈɛr əˌsiz/.

the separation of two adjacent vowels, dividing one syllable into two.
a sign (¨) placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate separate pronunciation, as in one spelling of the older forms naïve and coöperate: no longer widely used in English.
Prosody. the division made in a line or verse by coincidence of the end of a foot and the end of a word.

Origin of dieresis

1605–15; < Latin diaeresis < Greek diaíresis literally, distinction, division, equivalent to diaire-, stem of diaireîn to divide (di- di-3 + haireîn to take) + -sis -sis

Related forms

di·e·ret·ic [dahy-uh-ret-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diaeresis (1 of 2)

diaeresis

dieresis

/ (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

the mark ¨, in writing placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that it is to be pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong with the first, as in some spellings of coöperate, naïve, etc
this mark used for any other purpose, such as to indicate that a special pronunciation is appropriate to a particular vowelCompare umlaut
a pause in a line of verse occurring when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word

Derived Forms

diaeretic or dieretic (ˌdaɪəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for diaeresis

C17: from Latin diarēsis, from Greek diairesis a division, from diairein, from dia- + hairein to take; compare heresy

British Dictionary definitions for diaeresis (2 of 2)

dieresis

/ (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

a variant spelling of diaeresis

Derived Forms

dieretic (ˌdaɪəˈrɛtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for diaeresis

dieresis

[ dī-ĕrĭ-sĭs ]

n.

solution of continuity

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