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v. gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing, gem·i·nates
1. To double.
2. To arrange in pairs.
3. Linguistics To make into a geminate.
1. To occur in pairs.
2. Linguistics To become a geminate.
adj. (-nĭt, -nāt′)
Forming a pair; doubled.
n. (-nĭt, -nāt′) Linguistics
A long or doubled consonant sound, such as the tt in the Italian word sotto or the nn in the English word thinness.

[Latin gemināre, gemināt-, from geminus, twin.]

gem′i·na′tion n.


1. the act or state of being doubled or paired
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the doubling of a consonant
3. (Rhetoric) the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, or clause for rhetorical effect


Immediate repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical effect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gemination - the doubling of a word or phrase (as for rhetorical effect)
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
2.gemination - the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something; "this kind of duplication is wasteful"
copying - an act of copying
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As opposed to previous studies, which usually attempt to refute the traditional interpretation put on the use of double consonants in The Ormulum, and attempt to advance an alternative explanation for the abnormally frequent use of <CC> digraphs, the current study primarily focuses on the standard view, which assumes that the scribe of MS Junius 1 applied double consonant graphemes to indicate vowel shortness.
Niffite names featured a double consonant and ended in "nil," such as Eskannif.
That is the best that the French can do with 'William'; the double consonant plays hell with them.
107 the authors state that they consider the double consonant "a phonetic unit belonging to its own syllable" but do not address the issue of the short vowel.
In addition, the authors have adopted the notation [:] to indicate length, which reflects their position that "the practice in writing is to separate double consonants, whereas phonetically the double consonant is considered to be a phonic unit belonging to its own syllable: fatto = fat-to = [fa-t:o]" (60).
Masing (1820 : 13, 1824 : 17 etc) discussed contradictions in writing non-initial syllables, as in these syllables the double consonant after the vowel sometimes marks the shortness of the vowel as is common in stressed syllables.
p), short geminate (indicated as a double consonant with a breve mark over the first consonant, e.
that end with a double consonant in both AAT and AAR.