synaeresis(redirected from Contraction (phonology))
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Variant of syneresis.
syn•er•e•sis(sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs)
1. the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one, esp. the contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong.
3. the contraction of a gel accompanied by the exudation of liquid.
[1570–80; < Late Latin synaeresis < Greek synaíresis, derivative of synaireîn to seize together (syn- syn- + haireîn to take)]
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|Noun||1.||synaeresis - the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong|
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
|2.||synaeresis - the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)|