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Related to nonsyllabic: Semiconsonant, Offglide


(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


(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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It is worth pointing out that the Harrapan civilization used a script that has not yet been deciphered, that the script was nonsyllabic, unlike Sanskrit, and not based on ideograms, as is Chinese.
His antipoetry is carefully flat, nonsyllabic, antiromantic, and nonlogical, with the leap of association and surreal images as important elements.
Semivowel is usually reserved for the nonsyllabic latter element (or off-glide) in a falling diphthong, as in "buy," "boy," "how" / "frei," "treu," "blau.