unsyllabic


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Adj.1.unsyllabic - not forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable; consisting of a consonant sound accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel sound or consisting of a vowel sound dominated by other vowel sounds in a syllable (as the second vowel in a falling diphthong); "the nonsyllabic `n' in `botany' when it is pronounced `botny'"; "the nonsyllabic `i' in `oi'"
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In the process of his careful analysis the author is able to deal with greater certainty than had been achieved hitherto with problems of syllabicity, such as Klaeber signals by subpuncting vowels in what look like unstressed syllables but are metrically unsyllabic, He establishes varieties of metrical practice in the poems.