- a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, having the same function as co- (synthesis; synoptic); used, with the meaning “with,” “together,” in the formation of compound words (synsepalous) or “synthetic” in such compounds (syngas).
Origin of syn-
< Greek, combining form representing sýn with, together with
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Examples from the Web for syn
The reddish amphibole-granite of Syn, which was taken for all the Egyptian obelisks.The New York Obelisk
Charles E. Moldenke
Gray states it to be only a distorted specimen of Vulsella, Syn.A Conchological Manual
George Brettingham Sowerby
The more free wee are to syn, the more slaves are wee to Sathan.Diary of John Manningham
"Come, Syn; I will lead thee in," said the secretary, taking his hand.Tara
Philip Meadows Taylor
Hence is the saying that syn is set against it, when anyone tries to deny ought.The Younger Edda
- a variant of syne 1
- with or togethersynecology
from Greek sun together, with
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Word Origin and History for syn
word-forming element meaning "together with," from Greek syn "with, together with," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Together; with:synclonus.
- Same; similar:synteny.
- At the same time:synesthesia.
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