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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.
Origin of elision
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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