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Definition of the noun diaeresis
What does diaeresis mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: diaereses
- a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel to indicate that it does not form a diphthong with an adjacent vowel
- example: In modern computer systems, umlaut and diaeresis are represented identically.
- lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
- synonym of diaeresis: dieresis
- more generic terms: diacritic / diacritical mark = a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
Alternative definition of the noun diaeresis
- [orthography] A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in naïve, Noël, Brontë.
- [linguistics, prosody] The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables.
- [prosody] A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse.
- The diaeresis, consisting of a pair of dots placed over a letter is the original meaning of "trema" and is used to show that a vowel letter is not part of a digraph or diphthong. The diaeresis indicates that two adjoining letters that would normally form a digraph and be pronounced as one are instead to be read as separate, either as a diphthong or as two distinct vowels in two syllables. To put it simply: a diaeresis indicates that a vowel should be pronounced apart from the letter which precedes it. For example, in the spelling coöperate, the diaeresis reminds the reader that the word has four syllables co-op-er-ate, not three, *coop-er-ate. This is uncommon in English, as it is optional; The New Yorker's use of the mark is considered idiosyncratic. Languages such as Dutch, French and Spanish, however, make regular use of it. By extension, the word diaeresis also designates the diacritic when used to denote similar distinctions, such as marking the schwa ë in Albanian.
- also known as Diaeresis mark, Trema
- Diaeresis: In poetic meter, diaeresis has two meanings: the separate pronunciation of the two vowels in a diphthong for the sake of meter, and a division between feet that corresponds to the division between words.
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Poetry and Drama (2011)
Literary Terms and Concepts by Kathleen Kuiper
Diaeresis is the resolution of one syllable into two, especially by separating the vowel elements of a diphthong and, by extension,
In classical prosody, diaeresis refers to the end of a word coinciding with the completion of the metrical foot, ...
by Eliezer Edwards
Diaeresis is the name given to the mark " when placed over a vowel, as in the word ' aerate.' Its object is to show that the vowel so marked is to be sounded independently, the word just quoted being pronounced a-e-rate. The word ' dialysis ...
by Mary Norris
Especially since the diaeresis is the single thing that ...
by Patricia Trutty Coohill
The attentional episteme whose diaeresis is the division of an episode of experience in a pattern of part-whole flux precedes in the ontogenetic development of the person the denotative language which identifies and describes parts and ...
The Foundational Logics of Western Historical Thinking by Mark E. Blum
focus or changing focus bring forth the qualia that the respective dwelling in its rhythm generates by dint of that quality of attention The attentional episteme whose diaeresis is the division of an episode of experience in a pattern of part- whole ...
Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age by Theresa Enos
Diaeresis is the addition of a syllable. This is done by dividing a single syllable into two. So one might for empha-sis pronounce the ao in extraordinary as two syllables. Diaeresis is commonly used in poetry to make the meter regular; so, from ...
Students Catullus (2013)
Third Edition by Daniel H. Garrison
diaeresis is a slight pause within a line, a regular "drawing-apart" where the end of a word matches the end of a metrical foot. In the elegiac couplet, there is a strongly ...
Dictionary of Homonyms (2007)
by David Rothwell
diaeresis A diaeresis is a mark placed over a ...
Diaeresis is the separating of two vowels that might form a diphthong ; as, cooperate, not cooperate, 7. Synatresis is the sinking of two syllables ...
Dante Encyclopedia (2010)
by Richard Lansing
When there isa syllable division between adjacent vowels, the termdieresi ( diaeresis) isused within the word, and dialefe (dialoepha) across word boundaries. (Sineresi and dieresi are sometimes used more strictly, todescribe respectively ...
Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez
DIAERESIS The pronunciation as two separate vowels of a syllable formed of ...
by Peter Auger
diaeresis 75 meaning, but is usually reserved for when things go wrong in TRAGIC plots, whereas dénouement applies equally well to COMEDY. deus ex machina (Latin, 'god from a machine') A surprising and contrived intervention from a ...
The London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)
by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)
Diaeresis is also a kind of metaplasm, or addition to a word, by dividing one syllable into two; as aulae, by a diacresis, is a word of three syllables, instead of aulae.
A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge with a New Atlas of the World
compressed comprise confessed comptroller coquette criticise cropped crossed crushed queue cursed cutlass cyclopaedia, cyclopaedia dactyle dashed decalogue defence demagogue demeanour deposite depressed develope diaeresis, ...
The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, David Crystal
DETESTABLE III DIAERESIS use resolutely, firmly, with determination, or some other substitute. The objection to determinedly, which is very general, is perhaps based on reluctance to give it the five syllables that are nevertheless felt to be its ...
Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck
demagogue demeanor demeanour caressed deposit deposite catalogue catechise deprest depressed develop develope centre dieresls diaeresis, diaeresis SIMPLER (New) OLD SIMPLER (New) OLD dike dyke hypotenuse hypothenuse.
A Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea (1906)
A Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words by Francis Andrew March
f ulness E3E¢ gazel OIJI SPlLLlNGSdashed dccalogue defence demagogue demeanour deposite depressed develope diaeresis, diaeresis dyke dipped discussed despatch distill distressed dolour domicile draught drachm dressed dripped ...
by Chris Baldick
diaeresis. [dyerrĕsis] (pluraleses) (dieresis) A Greek word for 'division', used in three different senses: 1. In classical *prosody, the coincidence ofawordendingwiththeendof a *foot. 2. The separation oftwoadjacentvowelsintodistinct sounds (e.g. ...
by Raymond Hickey
diaeresis. A sign – twodots– sometimes written over avowel to indicatethat ...
by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris
ë Umlaut / Diaeresis Two periods over a vowel, which indicate that the sound changes by assimilating the vowel sound of the following syllable. Typical in Germanic languages. From the German um, ...
Grammar, Syntax and Style for the 21st Century by Ned Halley
accent cafe - acute accent chateau - circumflex Fraiilein - umlaut (German for English diaeresis) garcon - cedilla manana ...
by Maurice Waite
apart: diaeresis. – origin Greek dia 'through'. diabetes /dy-uh-bee-teez/ n. a disorder of the metabolism in which a lack of the hormone insulin results in a failure to absorb sugar and starch properly. – origin Greek, 'siphon'. diabetic adj.
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