Meaning of syncopation

syn•co•pa•tion

Pronunciation: (sing"ku-pā'shun, sin"-), [key]
— n.
  1. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.
  2. something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.
  3. Also calledthe use of rhetorical stress at variance with the metrical stress of a line of verse, as the stress on and and of in Come praise Colonus' horses and come praise/The wine-dark of the wood's intricacies.
  4. syncope.
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