What does elision mean?

Definitions for elision
ɪˈlɪʒ əneli·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elisionnoun

    omission of a sound between two words (usually a vowel and the end of one word or the beginning of the next)

  2. exception, exclusion, elisionnoun

    a deliberate act of omission

    "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"


  1. elisionnoun

    The deliberate omission of something.

  2. elisionnoun

    The omission of a letter or syllable between two words; sometimes marked with an apostrophe.

  3. Etymology: From elide.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elisionnoun

    Etymology: elisio, Latin.

    You will observe the abbreviations and elisions, by which consonants of most obdurate sounds are joined together, without any softening vowel to intervene. Jonathan Swift.

    The cause given of sound, that it would be an elision of the air, whereby, if they mean any thing, they mean a cutting or dividing, or else an attenuating of the air, is but a term of ignorance. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 124.


  1. elision

    Elision is a linguistic process or technique involving the omission or deletion of certain sounds, syllables or words in spoken or written language. This typically occurs when words are pronounced together in quick or informal speech, often for efficiency or ease of pronunciation. It's commonly used in poetry and prose to maintain a certain rhythm or meter.


  1. Elision

    Elision is the omission of one or more sounds in a word or phrase, producing a result that is easier for the speaker to pronounce. Sometimes, sounds may be elided for euphonic effect. In Native English, elision comes naturally, and it is often described as "slurred" or "muted." Often, elision is deliberate. It is a common misconception that contractions automatically qualify as elided words, which comes from slack definitions. Not all elided words are contractions and not all contractions are elided words. In French, elision is mandatory in certain contexts, as in the clause C'est la vie. In Spanish, elision occurs less frequently but is common in certain dialects. It is never marked by an apostrophe in writing. Of particular interest is the word para, which becomes pa. Multiple words can be elided together, as in pa trabajar for para trabajar and pa delante or even pa lante for para adelante. An example of deliberate elision occurs in Latin poetry as a stylistic device. Under certain circumstances, such as one word ending in a vowel and the following word beginning in a vowel, the words may be elided together. Elision was a common device in the works of Catullus. For example, the opening line of Catullus 3 is: Lugete, O Veneres Cupidinesque, but would be read as Lugeto Veneres Cupidinesque.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elision

    See Elide.

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  1. isoline

  2. lionise

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elision in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elision in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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