Syn`co*pa"tion (?), n.

1. Gram.

The act of syncopating; the contraction of a word by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle; syncope.

2. Mus.

The act of syncopating; a peculiar figure of rhythm, or rhythmical alteration, which consists in welding into one tone the second half of one beat with the first half of the beat which follows.

 

© Webster 1913.

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