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 syllables
DI taught even 4-year-olds to understand sounds, syllables, and rhyming.
Its opening line has nine syllables, its closing line has 13, and a landay ends with one of two sounds: “–ma” or “–na.”Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women|Daniel Bosch|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet he continued to wrestle with a demon that the Perry Street regular felt sure could be summarized in four syllables.
For all the syllables crammed into its 79 minutes, very little is actually said on the Marshall Mathers LP 2.‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ Review: Eminem’s a Great Rapper With Nothing to Say|Rawiya Kameir|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or is the line just a collection of nonsensical sounds and syllables?Miley Cyrus’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Bangerz,’ Analyzed|Amy Zimmerman|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When you say the words aloud, the sound and the beat of the syllables are more likely to be impressed upon your mind.The Lure of the Pen|Flora Klickmann
To separate the parts of a compound word; to separate a word into syllables; and to divide a word at the end of a line.1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading|B. A. Hathaway
At the time I was not surprised to hear the the three syllables so fully pronounced by the echo.The Beautiful Eyes of Ysidria|Charles A. Gunnison
The commonest form of verse is the four-line stanza of seven syllables.
A similar freely riming poem in lines of seven syllables is Villegas' Cantilena (p. 17).Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
British Dictionary definitions for syllables
Word Origin for syllable
Word Origin and History for syllables
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.
Culture definitions for syllables
Idioms and Phrases with syllables
see words of one syllable.