Definitions for: Syncopation

[n] (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
[n] music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm
[n] a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat

Webster (1913) Definition: Syn`co*pa"tion, n.
1. (Gram.) The act of syncopating; the contraction of a word
by taking one or more letters or syllables from the
middle; syncope.

2. (Mus.) The act of syncopating; a peculiar figure of
rhythm, or rhythmical alteration, which consists in
welding into one tone the second half of one beat with the
first half of the beat which follows.

Synonyms: syncope

See Also: articulation, beat, music, musical rhythm, rhythm

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