What does synaeresis mean?

Definitions for synaeresissɪˈnɛr ə sɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. syneresis, synaeresis(noun)

    the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong

  2. syneresis, synaeresis(noun)

    the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)


  1. synaeresis(Noun)

    the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or a long vowel.

  2. synaeresis(Noun)

    the separating out of the liquid from a gel.

  3. Origin: From συναίρεσις, from συν + αἵρεσις, from αἱρέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synaeresis(noun)

    alt. of Syneresis


  1. Synaeresis

    In linguistics, synaeresis is a phonological process of sound change in which two adjacent vowels within a word are combined into a single syllable. The opposite process, in which two adjacent vowels are pronounced separately, is known as diaeresis. For any given word, speakers generally hold a traditional view about the standard pronunciation of that word. When realized in a careful reading style, each particular word is associated with this single, standard phonetic form. However, each word also possesses multiple non-standard or reduced phonetic forms which are produced in a greater range of contexts. These multiple variations in the pronunciation of a single word are referred to as allophonic variants. To classify one of these other forms as an allophonic variant of a word means that pronouncing the word in this way will not change the intended meaning of the word. Synaeresis is one of various phonological processes in which segments of words or phrases are lost. The general term for a loss of sound segments in the field of linguistics is known as elision. Other types of elision include the processes of apheresis, syncope, apocope, synizesis, and synaloepha.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of synaeresis in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of synaeresis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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