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a. Of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
b. Pronounced with every syllable distinct.
2. Linguistics Designating a sound that is or can be the most sonorant segment of a syllable, as a vowel or a resonant. In the word riddle (rĭd′l), the two syllabic sounds are the (ĭ) and the (l).
3. Of or being a form of verse based on the number of syllables in a line rather than on the arrangement of accents or quantities.
n. Linguistics
A syllabic sound.

[Medieval Latin syllabicus, from Greek sullabikos, from sullabē, syllable; see syllable.]

syl·lab′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Linguistics) of or relating to syllables or the division of a word into syllables
2. (Poetry) denoting a kind of verse line based on a specific number of syllables rather than being regulated by stresses or quantities
3. (Linguistics) (of a consonant) constituting a syllable
4. (Music, other) (of plainsong and similar chanting) having each syllable sung to a different note
(Linguistics) a syllabic consonant
sylˈlabically adv
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(sɪˈlæb ɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
2. based on or pertaining to a specific number of syllables, as opposed to vowel length or number of stresses: syllabic verse.
a. (of a consonant) forming a syllable by itself, as the (n) in button (ˈbʌt n) or the (l) in bottle (ˈbɒt l)
b. (of a vowel) dominating the other sounds in a syllable; sonantal.
4. pronounced with careful distinction of syllables.
5. a syllabic sound or character.
[1720–30; < Late Latin syllabicus < Greek syllabikós]
syl•lab′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.syllabic - of or relating to syllables; "syllabic accent"; "syllabic characters each represent a syllable"
2.syllabic - consisting of or using a syllabary; "eskimos of the eastern Arctic have a system of syllabic writing"
3.syllabic - (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities
accentual - (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity; "accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line"; "accentual rhythm"
quantitative - (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables; "in typical Greek and Latin verse of the classical period the rhymic system is based on some arrangement of long and short elements"
4.syllabic - consisting of a syllable or syllables
nonsyllabic, 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'"
5.syllabic - (of speech sounds) forming the nucleus of a syllable; "the syllabic 'nl' in 'riddle'"
nonsyllabic - (of speech sounds) not forming or capable of forming the nucleus of a syllable; "initial 'l' in 'little' is nonsyllabic"
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[sɪˈlæbɪk] ADJsilábico
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[sɪˈlæbɪk] adjsillabico/a
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(ˈsiləbl) noun
a word or part of a word usually containing a vowel sound. `Cheese' has one syllable, `but-ter' two and `mar-ga-rine' three.
syllabic (-ˈlӕ-) adjective
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The laugh was repeated in its low, syllabic tone, and terminated in an odd murmur.
Among their topics are his syllabics, the intaglio element in his verse, learned poetry: Milton and the scholar-poet, his overlooked luster of rhetorical language, Prince and the sweetness of command, his portrayal of national bodies, and fugitive pieces: Prince and sculpture.
Merrin's work plays with rhythm and form, syllabics and sound.
Blackfoot is not usually written in syllabics, so unlike other books in the series, the stories are presented in the Blackfoot language using the Roman alphabet, together with the English translation only.
The women's Grandmother's Tea was held in the Red Lodge followed by an Introduction to Blackfoot Syllabics. Storytellers included Elder Valerie Crowshoe, a Blackfoot storyteller, Metis storytelling by Matt Hiltermann, and Lloyd Breaker also participated.
The system of syllabics, wherein the sound of each syllable is represented by a distinct symbol, was originally invented in the late 1800s by Reverend James Evans for the Ojibwa and Cree languages.
Words and phrases are also accompanied by syllabics.
In 1876, Roman Catholic missionary Emile Grouard returned to his mission field in the Athabasca region from a trip to France, equipped with a Stanhope printing press, sets of copperplate for illustrations and type for syllabics, and a few months' training in their use.
The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country: A Facsimile Edition & Translation of a Prayer Book in Cree Syllabics by Father Emile Grouard, OMI.
In the eastern regions of the territory Inuktitut is written in syllabics which have a resemblance to Pitman short-hand, while in the western part of the territory Roman orthography is used.
The Inuit of eastern Canada use the Roman alphabet, and northern Inuit use syllabics, a script created for the Cree language and later adapted for Inuktitut.