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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.
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(ˈdaɪsɪləbəl; dɪˈsɪl-)
(Linguistics) a variant of dissyllable
disyllabic adj
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(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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(3) Resolution is a process of syllabic equivalence whereby a short stressed syllable and its unstressed successor count metrically as a single long stressed syllable--that is, disyllables like sele and draca can be metrically equivalent to monosyllables like sael and deor.
Readings consisting of only monosyllables, and of monosyllables and disyllables, followed the monosyllabic and polysyllabic lists, respectively, all based on Biblical teaching.
Over 40 per cent of the disyllables depend on tone to be differentiated from other entries in the concise and widely available Yoruba dictionary published by ibadan University Press Yoruba.
Also, in an acoustic cabin, we evaluated the patient's ability to recognize speech sounds and measured the Speech Reception Threshold (SRT) for disyllables [22].
In the three cases, half of the stimuli have short extension (monosyllables and disyllables) and the other half have long extension (trisyllables and polysyllables).
The only robust effect was the realization of a short vowel in a syllable following the first short syllable as phonetically half-long: [kana] 'hen:NOM' (the [V.sub.2]/[V.sub.1] ratio in disyllables was 1.6 in Lehtonen's experiment, see Table 1).
On page 6, the first line of Sonnet 30 should refer to "sessions" not "session"; on page 7, in the first line from The Winter's Tale, "loud's" should read "loud'st"; on page 12, line 6, for "disyllables" read "syllables"; on page 17, the italicized section heading should be in roman; on page 20, Fletcher's "sedges" in The Two Noble Kinsmen, 4.1.54, have become "setges"; on page 21, Sonnet 1 should have "thine," not "thy"; on page 23, in the lines from Ford, "'e" should be "'ee"; on page 26, "I'th" in Women Beware Women, 3.1.27 should not be capitalized; on page 28, line 17, for "negligent" read "negligible"; straddling pages 31-32, "Richard III" should be "Edward IIT'; and on page 32, the king in Greene's title should be "Alphonsus," not "Alfonso." Similar mistakes recur throughout.
The main differences surface in C-C pairs that have very high O/E's, like the difference between v-v in disyllables (4.30) and all roots (6.05); see also n-m and [??]-v, which again have very high O/E's.
Examples of stressed vowels transcribed in OED as [[??]] 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.