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[ih-lizh-uh n] /ɪˈlɪʒ ən/
the omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation.
(in verse) the omission of a vowel at the end of one word when the next word begins with a vowel, as th'orient.
an act or instance of eliding or omitting anything.
1575-85; < Latin ēlīsiōn- (stem of ēlīsiō) a striking out, equivalent to ēlīs(us) (past participle of ēlīdere; see elide) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elision
  • The lack of extant monuments from these years is one reason for this elision.
  • The film's immense dignity is its signal characteristic, and some of it is achieved though deliberate elision.
  • With fall an elision of browns, the branches now hobbled with nuts, gives way to yellowing leaves.
  • It is more usually heard from non-native speakers who think that such and extreme elision is a sign of fluency.
  • My meaning, which refers to a lesser technical point, was thus grossly distorted by this elision.
British Dictionary definitions for elision


the omission of a syllable or vowel at the beginning or end of a word, esp when a word ending with a vowel is next to one beginning with a vowel
any omission of a part or parts
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlīsiō, from ēlīdere to elide
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Word Origin and History for elision

1580s, from Latin elisionem (nominative elisio) "a striking out," noun of action from past participle stem of elidere (see elide).

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Encyclopedia Article for elision

(Latin: "striking out"), in prosody, the slurring or omission of a final unstressed vowel that precedes either another vowel or a weak consonant sound, as in the word heav'n. It may also be the dropping of a consonant between vowels, as in the word o'er for over. Elision is used to fit words into a metrical scheme, to smooth the rhythm of a poem, or to ease the pronunciation of words. In classical Greek poetry, an apostrophe (') is substituted for an elided letter, as is frequently the case in English verse. In Latin, however, the elided vowel or consonant remains, but it is ignored in scanning the line

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