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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.


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


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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




[sɪˈlæbɪk] adjsillabico/a


(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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