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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 292 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SYNCOPE (Gr. vvyKO7n , a cutting up or short, from Kbirrew, to cut), a term used in grammar for the elision of a letter or syllable in the middle of a word (e.g. " ne'er " for " never "); and in medicine for the condition of fainting or shock (q.v.); and so occasionally in a general sense for a suspension or cessation of function. " Syncopate " and " syncopation " are analogous derivatives; and in music a syncopation is the rhythmic method of tying ('') two beats of the same note into one tone in such a way as to displace the accent.
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