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nonsense syllable Syllabification: non·sense syl·la·ble

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of nonsense syllable in English:


An arbitrarily formed syllable with no meaning, especially in songs or as used in memory experiments and tests.
Example sentences
  • 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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