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Syn"co*pe (?), n. [L. syncope, syncopa, Gr. a cutting up, a syncope; akin to to beat together, to cut up, cut short, weavy; with + to strike, cut.]

1. Gram.

An elision or retrenchment of one or more letters or syllables from the middle of a word; as, ne'er for never, ev'ry for every.

2. Mus.

Same as Syncopation.

3. Med.

A fainting, or swooning. See Fainting.


A pause or cessation; suspension.


Revely, and dance, and show, Suffer a syncope and solemn pause. Cowper.


© Webster 1913.