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dieresis

or di路aer路e路sis

[ dahy-er-uh-sis ]
/ da瑟藞蓻r 蓹 s瑟s /
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noun, plural di路er路e路ses [dahy-er-uh-seez]. /da瑟藞蓻r 蓹藢siz/.
Linguistics, Phonetics. the separation of two adjacent vowels, dividing one syllable into two.
Phonetics, Orthography. a diacritic (篓) placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate separate pronunciation, as in one spelling of the older forms na茂ve and co枚perate: 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.
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Origin of dieresis

1605鈥15; <Latin diaeresis<Greek dia铆resis literally, distinction, division, equivalent to diaire-, stem of diaire卯n to divide (di-di-3 + haire卯n to take) + -sis-sis

OTHER WORDS FROM dieresis

di路e路ret路ic [dahy-uh-ret-ik], /藢da瑟 蓹藞r蓻t 瑟k/, adjective
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How to use dieresis in a sentence

  • Dieresis is unpredictable in both editions; forms such as Phaeton, Ocyrrhe and Dane are common, and have been silently corrected.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid|Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Since the ligatures and are used consistently, dieresis can be assumed even when not explicitly indicated.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid|Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Since the ligatures and are used consistently, dieresis in oe and ae can be assumed even when not explicitly indicated.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid|Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Dieresis is unpredictable; forms such as Alcathe and Pirithus are common, and have been silently corrected.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid|Publius Ovidius Naso

British Dictionary definitions for dieresis

dieresis
/ (da瑟藞蓻r瑟s瑟s) /

noun plural -ses (-藢si藧z)
a variant spelling of diaeresis

Derived forms of dieresis

dieretic (藢da瑟蓹藞r蓻t瑟k), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for dieresis

dieresis
[ d墨-臅r沫-s沫s ]

n.
solution of continuity
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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