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Variant of dieresis.


(daɪˈɛrɪsɪs) or


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) the mark ¨, in writing placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that it is to be pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong with the first, as in some spellings of coöperate, naïve, etc
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) this mark used for any other purpose, such as to indicate that a special pronunciation is appropriate to a particular vowel. Compare umlaut
3. (Poetry) a pause in a line of verse occurring when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word
[C17: from Latin diarēsis, from Greek diairesis a division, from diairein, from dia- + hairein to take; compare heresy]
diaeretic, dieretic adj


or di•aer•e•sis

(daɪˈɛr ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. a sign (¨) placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that it is to be pronounced separately, as in the spellings naïve and coöperate.
2. the division made in a line or verse by coincidence of the end of a foot and the end of a word.
[1605–15; < Latin diaeresis < Greek diaíresis literally, distinction, division =diaire-, s. of diaireîn to divide (di- di-3 + haireîn to take) + -sis -sis]
di`e•ret′ic (-əˈrɛt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diaeresis - a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound
diacritic, diacritical mark - a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
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dieresis (US) [daɪˈerɪsɪs] N (diaereses (pl)) [daɪˈerɪsiːz]diéresis f inv


[daɪˈɛrɪsɪs] ntréma m


, (US) dieresis
nDiärese f; (= sign)Trema nt


dieresis [daɪˈɛrɪsɪs] n (diaereses, diereses (pl)) [daɪˈɛrɪsiːz]dieresi f inv
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There is chagrin at not being allowed to be in 'close-combat roles' yet she freely accepts continued differences based on sex and she obviously requested her publisher to retain the acute 'e' and a diaeresis over the 'i' in her Christian name.
11) Although otherwise following the text as regularly printed, I have, for ease in typography, shifted the location of the diaeresis in chroi, "skin.
Cases of synalepha (elision of one word to the following) and diaeresis (separation of two vowels within the same word) are properly marked with diacritical signs.