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syncopation (n.)

1530s, "contraction of a word by omission of middle sounds," from Medieval Latin syncopationem (nominative syncopatio) "a shortening or contraction," from past participle stem of syncopare "to shorten," also "to faint away, to swoon," from Late Latin syncope (see syncope). Musical sense is attested from 1590s.

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Definitions of syncopation from WordNet

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