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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

elide

\ih-LAHYD\ , verb;
1.
To suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
2.
To omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.
3.
In law, to annul or quash.
Quotes:
Later she understood it was a smile born of fear at what she had to say, but in that moment when sleep and consciousness elide, her expression seemed humorous, so when the woman said she had bad news and that their father was dead, Annie thought it was a joke.
-- Nicholas Evans, The horse whisperer
Introductions were made - here I elide all of the tedious formalities and small talk - and the Marquise explained to me that she had been looking for a tutor to educate her daughter.
-- Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver
Origin:
Elide derives from the Latin elidere, "to wound."
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