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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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[sɪˈlæbɪk] adjsillabico/a
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(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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The laugh was repeated in its low, syllabic tone, and terminated in an odd murmur.
The different syllabic lengths of the lines make the anthem difficult to translate with fidelity into English verse.
17 that sometime during the previous week a drill, chemicals and a pressure washer were used to erase the carvings of a large face and early syllabic writing--evidence he says that could have suggested that the Blackfoot First Nations had written language before European migration.
By engaging in a few minutes of "conversation" with humans, in which the participants were instructed to speak to the robot as if it were a small child, the robot moved from random syllabic babble to producing some salient wordforms, the names of simple shapes and colors.
Also important are the contour (or shape) of the melodic phrases, the rhythm in the motives and phrases, and the kind of vocal production and the technical singing style (whether syllabic, melismatic, responsorial, and so on).
The syllabic system is a simple and elegant means of transcribing lnuktitut.
Despite those variations, there is a tendency to regulate the information rate, as shown by a strong negative correlation between the syllabic rate and the information density."
On Friday, he played another difficult character, by the name of Mono Syllabic.
According to him, the Indus script was a logo- syllabic writing system with proto- Dravidian as its underlying language.
Her ruminations are peppered with stage directions: "'You're right, I said (chin tuck), 'I haven't told you much about myself' (syllabic lateral movement of the head on much about myself)." Her episodic memories of lost love share a similar staged quality, as much preoccupied with props as the dramatic action itself: "How I had waited for a moment when the setting and the lighting indicated we had finally found our scene, the scent of roses as if atomized through tiny tubing woven through the fence." Behind the stagecraft, however, Unrue's protagonist seems to search for an authenticity that she fails to find in the intimacies we take for granted.
Breaking the boundaries of the syllabic meter, he changed his form and preferred writing in free verse which harmonised with the rich vocal properties of the Turkish language.