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Variant of dieresis.
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(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
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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.
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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
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[daɪˈɛrɪsɪs] ntréma m
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, (US) dieresis
nDiärese f; (= sign)Trema nt
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dieresis [daɪˈɛrɪsɪs] n (diaereses, diereses (pl)) [daɪˈɛrɪsiːz]dieresi f inv
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Conversely, the success of the definition would not only suggest the soundness of the Stranger's metaphysics, but also further our understanding of how diaeresis (or the method of division) works.
That is why we do not list the front-back pairs of u-u, o-o one by one, only back u and o are listed, while their front pairs are represented by diaeresis (..).
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.
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."
Vietnamese names and terms are given throughout with no diacritics, except for the circum ex, which appears above the letter "e." In a few instances, a non-Vietnamese diacritic is introduced in the form of a diaeresis over the letter "i" in words like "moi" ("savage"), which thus becomes "moi." This approach is presumably meant to prevent the reader from pronouncing the word like the French "moi." The omission of diacritics is not quite consistent, however; on page 216 the word "Hong" appears, combining a huyen tone mark with a circumflex; and on page 219 we have the word "Ung." Elsewhere in the book the letters "u" and "u" are not distinguished.
The sequence of Unicode characters Less thanU+OO61 "a" LATIN SMALL LETTER A, U+0308 ''{:';''COMBINING DIAERESIS, U+OO75 "u" LATIN SMALL LETTER Ugreater than unambiguously represents "au" and not "aft", as shown in Figure 2-18.
Diacritical marks in mineral names include the acute accent (e.g., in andremeyerite), the grave accent (e.g., in cesarolite), the circumflex accent (e.g., in laforetite), the double acute accent (unique to Hungarian) (e.g., in felsobanyaite), the cedilla (e.g., in francoisite), the ring (e.g., in haleniusite), the caron (e.g., in cechite), the trema (or umlaut or diaeresis) (e.g., in moeloite), the tilde (e.g., in ordonezite), the bar (or slash) (e.g., in j0rgensenite), and the apostrophe (e.g., in d'ansite).
(46) O'Donnell 1984, ad loc: "hemiepes + adonic with diaeresis."
270 and 273 are given the correct syllable count by the inappropriate addition of a diaeresis to 'piert' ('it appears') and 'oire' ('journey') respectively.