An arbitrarily formed syllable with no meaning, especially in songs or as used in memory experiments and tests.
- Then they learned to read by pronouncing nonsense syllables formed by combining consonants with vowels, such as ba-he-bi.
- The test required subjects to determine the identity of nonsense syllables presented in a tachistoscope when, unknown to the subjects, no syllables were present.
- To find out, she and colleagues had 182 Harvard students undergo tests in which they listened to repeated strings of nonsense syllables, heard background noise, and saw yellow lights on a video screen.
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Syllabification: non·sense syl·la·ble
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