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elision

[ih-lizh-uh n] /ɪˈlɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation.
2.
(in verse) the omission of a vowel at the end of one word when the next word begins with a vowel, as th'orient.
3.
an act or instance of eliding or omitting anything.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin ēlīsiōn- (stem of ēlīsiō) a striking out, equivalent to ēlīs(us) (past participle of ēlīdere; see elide) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for elisions

elision

/ɪˈlɪʒən/
noun
1.
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
2.
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 elisions

elision

n.

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 elisions

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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