from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Syllepsis.
- n. A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to be related to two or more other words or phrases, while being grammatically consistent with only one of them, as with subject-verb agreement in She was upstairs, and her children downstairs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one.
- n. Syllepsis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure in grammar in which two nouns are joined to a verb suitable to only one of them, but suggesting another verb suitable to the other noun; or in which an adjective is similarly used with two nouns.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of hemipterous insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one
Latin, from Greek, a joining, bond; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeugma, "yoking; a bond, a band"), from ζεύγνυμι (zeugnumi, "to yoke; to join"), from ζεῦγος (zeugos, "a yoke"). (Wiktionary)