verb (used with object), syl·la·bled, syl·la·bling. Chiefly Literary.
verb (used without object), syl·la·bled, syl·la·bling. Chiefly Literary.
Origin of 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 sudd ʹ n. 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 ig ʹ zakt) 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.
Examples from the Web for syllable
The extending out of one syllable is a great songwriting device.
The tone of this syllable swooped up briefly, and then down.
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.
But there is not one syllable in what he said that suggests the smallest amount of confusion.How Mitt Romney Missed His Moment on Contraception|Michael Tomasky|March 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Without uttering a syllable, the page had advanced towards him, and had quickly raised the intoxicated man from the chair.The Coming Conquest of England|August Niemann
The pair then proceeded some distance side by side without exchanging a syllable, and both seemed plunged in profound thought.The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard
We cannot promise one syllable from his eloquent lips, or even one glimpse at his dashing exterior.
To subtract a syllable from such feet is impossible; since it is only the last syllable that is capable of being subtracted.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
A good deal of the Signor's conversation resembles easy lessons in one syllable for beginners.Happy-Thought Hall|F. C. Burnand
Word Origin for syllable
late 14c., from Anglo-French sillable, Old French sillabe, from Latin syllaba, from Greek syllabe "a syllable, several sounds or letters taken together," literally "a taking together," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + stem of lambanein "to take" (see analemma). The extra -l- was added by analogy with participle and principle.
see words of one syllable.