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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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Adv.1.syllabically - in or with syllables; "syllabically pronounced"
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23-94) is kept in the spirit of recitative; therefore, the words of the text are treated almost exclusively syllabically. Occasional short melismas are given the form of conventional madrigalisms and are correlated to the words: 'conferimus' (we carry), 'flevimus' (we have wept), 'extenderis' (you will extend), 'clamamus' (we are calling).
The songs themselves are entirely text driven, with the prose set almost exclusively syllabically and in a declamatory fashion--with the exception of a melisma in Part 1 on the name of George Bush!
The term nisu ("life") is usually spelled syllabically and always occurs in a genitival relationship with another noun (e.g., a divine or royal name, ili/ili ["god/gods"], or sarri ["king"]).
Yet "Kubla Khan" radicalizes this general linguistic and literary ambiguity, first, through the determined frequency with which it employs such syllabically ambiguous words that, despite Tucker settling each case de facto, produce a residue of metrical uncertainty; and second, through the manner in which the poem's earlier prosodic shifts have already sensitized us to the difference of a syllable here, a syllable there.
Moore's experiments with syllables in the 1910s may have been prompted in part by the vogue among the imagist poets for syllabically controlled Japanese forms such as the haiku.
Describing herself as a lyric poet, she points out how by seeing other forms of poetry, she became more visually and syllabically aware.
Second, yielding syllabically various words, literal translations of the stimulus words could not be sorted based on the rule of "One-Syllable Words vs.
However, this lyricism is strongly muted by the text's avoidance of chiastic structures, the first person, rhyme, logical generalization, a more syllabically controlled meter, rise-fall intonation, exclamatives, elaborated phrases (e.g., relative clauses), gender, subjuncts, comparisons and comparatives, indefinite reference, and a thematics that centers on personal relationships: worship, praise, blame, etc.
Specifically, the SFE is located at the level of the sublexical input phonology, which is syllabically organized (Ferrand, Segui, & Grainger, 1996).
For an example of how he exercises this new-won freedom, I turn now to "Boadicea," Tennyson's syllabically inflated name of the Icenian queen of his 1859 poem.
They have either put in an extra bear when singing unaccompanied--as the true folk-song does--to give themselves time to breathe or to emphasise a certain syllable; or have left out a beat that was not syllabically provided for, thereby in either case altering the structure in a way that at once becomes remarkable when the song is given an accompaniment.
Flamenco Hips opens with the double sonnet "Half and Half," two fourteen line stanzas with syllabically spare half-lines that hold to a poetic rhythm of five or six beats, using trochaic and dactylic metrical feet of a harder stress that precedes either one or two lighter stresses.