aphesis

aphesis
noun (plural apheses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, release, from aphienai to let go, from apo- + hienai to send — more at jet Date: 1880 aphaeresis consisting of the loss of a short unaccented vowel (as in lone for alone) • aphetic adjectiveaphetically adverb

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  • Aphesis — Aph e*sis, n. [Gr. ? a letting go; ? + ? to let go.] The loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; the result of a phonetic process; as, squire for esquire. New Eng. Dict. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aphĕsis — (gr.), 1) Nachlassen von Krankheiten; 2) lähmungsartiger Zustand …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • aphesis — [af′ə sis] n. [ModL < Gr, a letting go < apo from + hienai, to send: see JET1] loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word, a form of apheresis (Ex.: squire for esquire) aphetic [ə fet′ik] adj. aphetically adv …   English World dictionary

  • Aphesis — In phonetics, aphaeresis (pron en|əˈfɪərɨsɪs, from Greek apo away, hairein to take), also known as aphesis (pron en|ˈæfɨsɪs, from Greek apo away, hienai to send), is the loss of one or more sounds from the beginning of a word; especially, the… …   Wikipedia

  • aphesis — /af euh sis/, n. Historical Ling. the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant. [1880; < Gk áphesis a letting go, equiv. to aphe (var. s. of aphiénai to let go, set free;… …   Universalium

  • aphesis — noun /ˈæfəsɪs/ The loss of the initial unstressed vowel of a word. The word leet is derived from elite by aphesis. Ant: prothesis See Also: aphetic …   Wiktionary

  • aphesis — aph•e•sis [[t]ˈæf ə sɪs[/t]] n. ling. the gradual disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable • Etymology: 1880; < Gk áphesis release =aph(i)é(nai) to let go, set free (ap II+hiénai to send) + sis sis a•phet•ic əˈfɛt ɪk… …   From formal English to slang

  • aphesis — [ afɪsɪs] noun Linguistics the gradual loss of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word (e.g. of e from esquire to form squire). Derivatives aphetic ə fɛtɪk adjective aphetically adverb Origin C19: from Gk, lit. letting go , from apo from + …   English new terms dictionary

  • aphesis — aph·e·sis …   English syllables

  • aphesis — /ˈæfəsəs/ (say afuhsuhs), /əˈfisəs/ (say uh feesuhs) noun (in historical linguistic process) the gradual disappearance of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in mend from amend. {Greek: a letting go} …   Australian English dictionary

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