Meaning of syllabic


Pronunciation: (si-lab'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
  2. pronounced with careful distinction of syllables.
  3. of, pertaining to, or noting poetry based on a specific number of syllables, as distinguished from poetry depending on stresses or quantities.
  4. (of chanting) having each syllable sung to one note only.
    1. (of a consonant) forming a syllable by itself, as the (n) in button(but&prim;n)or the (l) in bottle(bot&prim;l).
    2. (of a vowel) dominating the other sounds in a syllable; sonantal.
  1. a syllabic sound.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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