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also dis·syl·la·ble  (dī′sĭl′ə-bəl, dī-sĭl′-, dĭ-)
A word with two syllables.

di′syl·lab′ic (dī′sĭ-lăb′ĭk, dĭs′sĭ-) adj.


(ˈdaɪsɪləbəl; dɪˈsɪl-)
(Linguistics) a variant of dissyllable
disyllabic adj


(ˈdaɪˌsɪl ə bəl, daɪˈsɪl-, dɪ-)

also dissyllable

a word of two syllables.
[1580–90; < Greek disýllabos of two syllables; see di-1, syllable]
di•syl•lab•ic (ˌdaɪ sɪˈlæb ɪk, ˌdɪs ɪ-) adj.
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Noun1.disyllable - a word having two syllables
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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Hypothesis C: Disyllables and trisyllables, when presented as written abbreviations, will be oralized as ACRONYMS.
2] (linna) (the average durations of these types of vowels in disyllables, counted across the experiments on Standard Finnish given in Table 1, were 59 ms, 107 ms and 130 ms, respectively).
VIHMAN 1991 "Beginnings of prosodic organization: intonation and duration patterns of disyllables produced by japanese and french infants".
The main differences surface in C-C pairs that have very high O/E's, like the difference between v-v in disyllables (4.
can be found in monosyllabic words like CUT and COME as well as disyllables like COUNTRY, UNDER and BROTHER.
In various Low German dialects, a length distinction on old and new long vowels arose in disyllables, depending on the phonation of the intervocalic consonant.
The examples in (11) are intended to illustrate that long and short primary vowels contrast in KT in word-final position, both in disyllables (in 11a) and in monosyllables (in 11b).
Adult performance in a sound substitution game was sensitive to onset-rime structure within the stressed medial syllable of trisyllables and in the final syllable of disyllables.
The lyric sequences in Piramus et Tisbe, with their use of disyllables and monorhymed octosyllables, also generate a fascinating, although necessarily speculative, suggestion that this text may hint at the original form of that genre which repeatedly defies definition: the Breton lay.
Strings of idiosyncratically ordered monoand disyllables abound: "bare dark forest bleak" (109); "make sound, make sound, you little breeze obedient" (149); "dear languid passion swift" (127); "From branches stripped all bare the very last few leaves" (415).
This is because, metrically speaking, disyllables are heavier than monosyllables, and should attract stress.
The last line is exemplary in more than just its syllable count; lines 66-70 never go beyond a disyllabic word, nor do any of these disyllables start with an unstressed syllable.