Di*aer"e*sis, Di*er"e*sis . [L. diaeresis, Gr. , fr. to divide; through, asunder + to take. See Heresy.]

1. Gram.

The separation or resolution of one syllable into two; -- the opposite of synaeresis.


A mark consisting of two dots [¨aut;], placed over the second of two adjacent vowels, to denote that they are to be pronounced as distinct letters; as, cooperate, aerial.


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Di*er"e*sis (?), n. [NL.]

Same as Diaeresis.


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