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elision

[ ih-lizh-uhn ]
/ ɪˈlɪʒ ən /
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noun

the omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation.
(in verse) the omission of a vowel at the end of one word when the next word begins with a vowel, as th'orient.
an act or instance of eliding or omitting anything.

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Origin of elision

1575–85; <Latin ēlīsiōn- (stem of ēlīsiō) a striking out, equivalent to ēlīs(us) (past participle of ēlīdere;see elide) + -iōn--ion
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British Dictionary definitions for elision

elision
/ (ɪˈlɪʒən) /

noun

the omission of a syllable or vowel at the beginning or end of a word, esp when a word ending with a vowel is next to one beginning with a vowel
any omission of a part or parts

Word Origin for elision

C16: from Latin ēlīsiō, from ēlīdere to elide
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