from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A shift of accent in a passage or composition that occurs when a normally weak beat is stressed.
- n. Something, such as rhythm, that is syncopated.
- n. Grammar Syncope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of a rhythm being somehow unexpected, in that it deviates from the strict succession of regularly spaced strong and weak beats in a meter
- n. The loss of sounds in the middle of a word
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of syncopating; the contraction of a word by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle; syncope.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The contraction of a word by taking a letter, letters, or a syllable from the middle, as in the seamen's fo'c'sle for forecastle; especially, such omission of a short vowel between two consonants.
- n. In music, the act, process, or result of inverting the rhythmic accent by beginning a tone or tones on an unaccented beat or pulse, and sustaining them into an accented one, so that the proper emphasis on the latter is more or less transferred back or anticipated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm
- n. (phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
- n. a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
syncopate + -ion (Wiktionary)