diereses

dieresis

[dahy-er-uh-sis]
noun, plural diereses [dahy-er-uh-seez] .
1.
the separation of two adjacent vowels, dividing one syllable into two.
2.
a sign (¨) placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate separate pronunciation, as in one spelling of the older forms naïve and coöperate: no longer widely used in English.
3.
Prosody. the division made in a line or verse by coincidence of the end of a foot and the end of a word.
Also, diaeresis.


Origin:
1605–15; < Latin diaeresis < Greek diaíresis literally, distinction, division, equivalent to diaire-, stem of diaireîn to divide (di- di-3 + haireîn to take) + -sis -sis

dieretic [dahy-uh-ret-ik] , adjective
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dieresis (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
a variant spelling of diaeresis
 
dieretic
 
adj

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dieresis
1611, from L.L. diæresis, from Gk. diairesis "division," from diairein "to divide, separate," from dia- "apart" + hairein "to take."
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dieresis di·er·e·sis (dī-ěr'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
See solution of continuity.

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