n. (pl. -ses ) introduction of sound into word; removal of vowel into preceding syllable.
   ♦ epenthesize, v.t.
   ♦ epenthetic, a.

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  • Epenthesis — E*pen the*sis, n.; pl. {Epentheses}. [L., fr. Gr. ?; epi + ? to put or set in.] (Gram.) The insertion of a letter or a sound in the body of a word; as, the b in nimble from AS. n[=e]mol. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epenthĕsis — (gr.), etymologische Figur, die Einschiebung eines Buchstabens od. einer Sylbe in die Mitte eines Wortes; z.B. Alcumena für Alcmene. Davon Epenthetisch eingeschaltet …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Epenthesis — Epenthesis, griech., in der Grammatik Einschiebung einer Sylbe in die Mitte eines Wortes, z.B. klägelich (ist in der Regel nur Wiederherstellung der alten Form); epenthetisch, eingeschoben …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • epenthesis — [ep en′thə sis] n. pl. epentheses [ep en′thəsēz΄] [LL < Gr < epi , upon + en , in + thesis, a placing: see THESIS] 1. Phonet. a change which involves the insertion of an unhistoric sound or letter in a word, as the b in mumble or the extra… …   English World dictionary

  • Epenthesis — In phonology, epenthesis (IPA|/əˈpɛnθəsɪs/, Ancient Greek ἐπένθεσις epenthesis, from epi on + en in + thesis putting ) is the addition of one or more sounds to a word, especially to the interior of a word. Epenthesis may be divided into two types …   Wikipedia

  • Epenthesis — Ep|ẹn|the|sis 〈f.; , the|sen; Phon.〉 = Epenthese * * * Epen|the|se, Epẹn|the|sis, die; , ...thesen [spätlat. epenthesis < griech. epénthesis = das Einschieben] (Sprachw.): Einschub von Lauten, meist zur Erleichterung der Aussprache (z. B. t… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • epenthesis — epenthetic /ep euhn thet ik/, adj. /euh pen theuh sis/, n., pl. epentheses / seez /. the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word, as the schwa in the nonstandard pronunciation /el euhm/ of elm. [1650 60; < LL: insertion of a… …   Universalium

  • epenthesis — ep•en•the•sis [[t]əˈpɛn θə sɪs[/t]] n. pl. ses [[t] ˌsiz[/t]] phn the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word • Etymology: 1650–60; < LL < Gk epénthesis=ep ep +en II+thésis placing; see thesis ep•en•thet•ic ˌɛp ənˈθɛt ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

  • epenthesis — noun (plural epentheses) Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek, from epentithenai to insert a letter, from epi + entithenai to put in, from en + tithenai to put more at do Date: 1543 the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • epenthesis — noun /ɪˈpɛn.θə.sɪs/ The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonological constraints of a language or poetic context …   Wiktionary

  • Epenthesis — Ep|ẹn|the|sis auch: E|pẹn|the|sis 〈f.; Gen.: , Pl.: the|sen; Sprachw.〉 = Epenthese …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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