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(Linguistics) a sound in speech that does not qualify as a syllable
1. (Linguistics) another word for asyllabic
2. (Poetry) poetry (of poetic metre or rhythm) not based on syllables
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(ˌnɒn sɪˈlæb ɪk)

(of a speech sound) not forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable.
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Adj.1.nonsyllabic - 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'"
syllabic - consisting of a syllable or syllables
2.nonsyllabic - (of speech sounds) not forming or capable of forming the nucleus of a syllable; "initial 'l' in 'little' is nonsyllabic"
syllabic - (of speech sounds) forming the nucleus of a syllable; "the syllabic 'nl' in 'riddle'"
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