aphesis definition

  • noun:
    • losing an initial, typically unstressed vowel, like in precious from intense.
    • The loss of the initial unstressed vowel of a word.
    • the increased loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; -- the result of a phonetic process.
    • The gradual and accidental elimination of a brief unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; a unique kind of apheresis, as with squire for esquire, down for adown, etc.
    • the progressive disappearance of a preliminary (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as with `squire' for `esquire'

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