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  1. of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
  2. pronounced with careful distinction of syllables.
  3. of, relating to, or noting poetry based on a specific number of syllables, as distinguished from poetry depending on stresses or quantities.
  4. (of chanting) having each syllable sung to one note only.
  5. Phonetics.
    1. (of a consonant) forming a syllable by itself, as the (n) in button [buht-n] /ˈbʌt n/ or the (l) in bottle [bot-l] /ˈbɒt l/.
    2. (of a vowel) dominating the other sounds in a syllable; sonantal.
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  1. Phonetics. a syllabic sound.
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Origin of syllabic

1720–30; < Late Latin syllabicus < Greek syllabikós. See syllable, -ic
Related formssyl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for syllabically

Historical Examples of syllabically

  • I caught myself laughing, syllabically, and shrugging my shoulders, fitfully.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

British Dictionary definitions for syllabically


  1. of or relating to syllables or the division of a word into syllables
  2. denoting a kind of verse line based on a specific number of syllables rather than being regulated by stresses or quantities
  3. (of a consonant) constituting a syllable
  4. (of plainsong and similar chanting) having each syllable sung to a different note
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  1. a syllabic consonant
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Derived Formssyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for syllabically



1728, from Modern Latin syllabicus, from Greek syllabikos, from syllabe (see syllable).

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