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Syncopation   /sˈɪŋkəpˌeɪʃən/   Listen

(phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in 'fo'c'sle' for 'forecastle').  Synonym: syncope.
A musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat.
Music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm.

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"Syncopation" Quotes from Famous Books

... are less regular and more eager (note the influence of syncopation upon them); they are harmonized with greater warmth and infused with greater passion. In the development of the prelude these melodies are presented at first consecutively, then as in conflict (first one, then another pushing forward for expression), finally ...
— A Book of Operas - Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music • Henry Edward Krehbiel

... vanished again. Al, too, had disappeared to begin that process from which he had always emerged incredibly sleek, and dapper and perfumed. His progress with shaving brush, shirt, collar and tie was marked by disjointed bars of the newest syncopation whistled with an uncanny precision and fidelity to detail. He caught the broken time, and tossed it lightly up again, and dropped it, and caught it deftly like a juggler playing with frail crystal globes that seem forever on the point of ...
— Cheerful—By Request • Edna Ferber

Words linked to "Syncopation" :   rhythm, musical rhythm, music, phonemics, beat, articulation, phonology, syncopate, syncope

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