Adjective Definition


1.Definition: (of speech sounds) not forming or capable of forming the nucleus of a syllable

"Initial `l' in `little' is nonsyllabic"

2.Definition: not forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable; consisting of a consonant sound accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel sound or consisting of a vowel sound dominated by other vowel sounds in a syllable (as the second vowel in a falling diphthong)

"The nonsyllabic `n' in `botany' when it is pronounced `botny'", "The nonsyllabic `i' in `oi'"

Related Adjective(s):unsyllabic

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