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ˈzug məzeug·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zeugmanoun

    use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one

    "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"

Wiktionary

  1. zeugmanoun

    The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one.

    Etymology: From ζεῦγμα.

  2. zeugmanoun

    Syllepsis.

    Etymology: From ζεῦγμα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zeugmanoun

    a figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote; as, "hic illius arma, hic currus fuit;" where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is referred also to arma

    Etymology: [L., from Gr. , fr. to yoke, join. See Yoke.]

Freebase

  1. Zeugma

    Zeugma and syllepsis are related figures of speech in which different parts of a sentence are joined together by one single phrase or word.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zeugma

    zūg′ma, n. (gram.) a figure by which an adjective or verb which agrees with a nearer word is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote, whether grammatically corresponding or not.—adj. Zeugmat′ic. [Gr.,—zeugnunai, to yoke.]

Editors Contribution

  1. zeugma

    a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g., John and his license expired last week) or to two others of which it semantically suits only one (e.g., with weeping eyes and hearts). a figure of speech in which a word is applied to two others in different senses (e.g., caught the train and a bad cold) or to two others of which it grammatically suits only one (e.g., neither they nor it is working).

    Submitted by t257anita on April 15, 2021  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zeugma in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zeugma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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