from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An eclipse.
  • noun Omission of a sound or letter; specifically, in Celtic gram., the suppression of the sound of a radical consonant when preceded by another of the same organ.
  • noun A momentary loss of consciousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Linguistics) the omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete An omission of words needed to fully express the sense of a phrase
  • noun A line or dash used to show that text has been omitted
  • noun A mutation of the initial sound of a word by which voiceless sounds become voiced, voiced stops become nasal consonants, and vowels acquire a prothetic nasal consonant: see Appendix:Irish mutations#Eclipsis.

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  • noun omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences


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  • I could have done with more drilling on the basics (though outside a classroom environment I suppose again I have only myself to blame) and still feel very shaky indeed on the personal forms of prepositions (which should have been indexed or consolidated in one of the appendices) or on the questions of eclipsis and lenition (the modification of the first letter of the word, if it is b, c, d, f, g, m, p, s or t, depending on context).

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