Definition of elide in English:

elide

Syllabification: e·lide
Pronunciation: /iˈlīd
 
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verb

[with object]
1Omit (a sound or syllable) when speaking: (as adjective elided) the indication of elided consonants or vowels
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  • In words bearing stress on the third last syllable, and in which the penultimate syllable contains a schwa followed by either l or r, there is a tendency for the schwa to be elided.
  • Unstressed o may be more or less reduced to the value of SCHWA, or elided altogether.
  • As a result, the coach has Bill as its antecedent (of some sort), hence making it possible for the second elided pronoun, which bears a -occurrence, to be resolved.
1.1Join together; merge: whole periods of time are elided into a few seconds of screen time [no object]: the two things elided in his mind
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  • Women in film, thus, do not function as signifiers for a signified (a real woman) as sociological critics have assumed, but signifier and signified have been elided into a sign that represents something in the male unconscious.
  • The close proximity of two ‘L' s’ in al-Ilah caused them to be elided together so that the word became Allah.
  • In so doing, the visible engagement with genocide becomes elided into the refusal of representation that surrounds the Holocaust.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'annul, do away with', chiefly as a Scots legal term): from Latin elidere 'crush out', from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + laedere 'to dash'.

Usage

The standard meaning of the verb elide is ‘omit,’ most frequently used as a term to describe the way that some sounds or syllables are dropped in speech, e.g., in contractions such as I’ll or he’s. The result of such omission (or elision) is that the two surrounding syllables are merged; this fact has given rise to a new sense, with the meaning ‘join together, merge,’ as in the two things elided in his mind. This new sense is now common in general use.

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