verb (used with object), syl·la·bled, syl·la·bling.Chiefly Literary.
verb (used without object), syl·la·bled, syl·la·bling.Chiefly Literary.
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Origin of syllable
grammar notes for syllable
Breaking a written word into syllables—as in a dictionary entry, where the purpose is to clarify the structure of the word and assist in understanding and pronunciation, or in a book, for the purpose of end-of-line hyphenation—involves additional considerations. While based primarily on sound, the syllable divisions in spelled-out forms are also influenced by long-established spelling conventions, the etymology of the word, and the lack of an exact correspondence between spelling and pronunciation. For example, in writing, multisyllabic words with double consonants are conventionally divided between the consonants, even though the consonant is pronounced only once: sudden is divided as sud·den, though pronounced suddn. But the word adding —formed by combining the word add with the suffix -ing, is divided as add·ing to show its constituent parts. And a word like exact (pronounced igzakt) cannot be divided purely phonetically, because the letter x itself would have to be split; it is traditionally divided as ex·act. This means that even when divisions in the spelled form and the pronunciation do not match, they are both correct.
OTHER WORDS FROM syllablehalf-syl·la·bled, adjectiveun·syl·la·bled, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for syllable
On “Whiskey’d My Way,” his syllables tumble with such terrific bounce, it’s easy to forget he’s singing a sad-guy waltz.Morgan Wallen’s big moment feels about 19 songs too long|Chris Richards|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
Staff worked with her to practice words and syllables until she regained the ability to speak over the course of several days.Her Stepfather Admitted to Sexually Abusing Her. That Wasn’t Enough to Keep Her Safe.|by Nadia Sussman|September 18, 2020|ProPublica
The extending out of one syllable is a great songwriting device.
The tone of this syllable swooped up briefly, and then down.
Forty thousand people were on their feet singing his name in a two-syllable mantra.
At the first syllable Obama uttered in its favor, the Republicans practically to a person would oppose it.
Things that sound almost like words but are just a syllable or two off.
Allcraft winced, as every syllable made known the speaker's actual strength—his own dependence and utter weakness.
He placed the paper on the table, and, ere he read a syllable, he laboured to compose himself.
He spoke with an animation and earnestness that gave an exaggerated importance to every syllable he uttered.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
In some English schools the first syllable in “panis” sounds “pan,” in others “pain.”Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
David had replied, in that short tone of self-sufficiency which conveys so much more than the syllable would seem to warrant.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
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