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Syncopation

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.
Noun1.syncopation - (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
Synonyms: syncope
2.syncopation - a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
3.syncopation - music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm
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