meaning of aphesis

aphesis meaning in General Dictionary

the increased loss of a quick unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word the consequence of a phonetic procedure as squire for esquire

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  • the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
  • the increased loss of a brief unaccented vowel at the beginning of a term; -- caused by a phonetic procedure; as, squire for esquire.

aphesis meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The increased loss of a short unaccented vowel at the start of a word; -- the result of a phonetic process; as, squire for esquire.