from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Grammar To shorten (a word) by syncope.
- transitive v. Music To modify (rhythm) by syncopation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to omit a sound or a letter from a word; to use syncope
- v. to stress or accentuate the weak beat of a rhythm; to use syncopation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle.”
- transitive v. To commence, as a tone, on an unaccented part of a measure, and continue it into the following accented part, so that the accent is driven back upon the weak part and the rhythm drags.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the middle, as exemplified in Gloster for Gloucester.
- In music, to affect by syncopation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. modify the rhythm by stressing or accenting a weak beat
- v. omit a sound or letter in a word
Every ragtime or jazz enthusiast knows that when you syncopate from the Greek for “cut short”, you begin a note on a weak beat in the bar, sustaining it into the accented part, thereby shifting the accent.
All syncopate smartly, but the big surprise is Ken Peplowski's clarinet, which adds a swinging blue coolness to the festive heat, particularly on "Sleigh Ride" and "Winter Wonderland."
Shifts in density created by clusters of strokes now more open, now more closed animate and syncopate the upper regions, like variations in the density of a canopy of trees with different habits of growth.
I let these sounds syncopate the air coming in and out of my lungs, and concentrating, like this, on the most basic block of life, I fall asleep.
She cradles Cisco in her arms and lap, rocking him as if to sleep, and her screams syncopate with every motion forward.
The camera cuts help syncopate this–we are on the train, and the billboards change, but before we can see the final billboard flip over we go into the tunnel…
You enter through that wall, and they'll have a wall of water, and they're going to try to syncopate it to the actual rhythm of Dr. King's voice.
I mean, I think the way that he said to me is like ` You know, wouldn't it be great if you could syncopate Bartok? '
"God" is ghmerto, and this passage includes a case form that forces that poor lonely e, stuck between two consonant clusters, to syncopate, yielding ghmrtisi.
In grammar, you syncopate by snipping a word short or by skipping one or two syllables in the middle.