- 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
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Since the ligatures and are used consistently, dieresis in oe and ae can be assumed even when not explicitly indicated.
Dieresis is unpredictable; forms such as Alcathe and Pirithus are common, and have been silently corrected.
Dieresis is unpredictable in both editions; forms such as Phaeton, Ocyrrhe and Dane are common, and have been silently corrected.
Since the ligatures and are used consistently, dieresis can be assumed even when not explicitly indicated.
- a variant spelling of diaeresis
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Word Origin and History for dieresis
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