1. [ adjective ] consisting of a syllable or syllables; constituting a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable; (consonant sound) not accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel sound

"the syllabic `l' in `riddle' or the syllabic `n' in `botany' when pronounced `bot-n-y'"

Related terms: nonsyllabic monosyllabic pentasyllabic polysyllabic syllabled octosyllabic disyllabic
2. [ adjective ] (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities
Related terms: quantitative accentual octosyllabic decasyllabic
3. [ adjective ] consisting of or using a syllabary or syllabic characters

"eskimos of the eastern Arctic have a system of syllabic writing"

Related terms: syllabary
4. [ adjective ] of or relating to syllables

"syllabic accent" "syllabic characters each represent a syllable"

Related terms: syllable
5. [ adjective ] (phonology) of liquids and nasals
Synonyms: vocalic
Related terms: consonantal phonology
Similar spelling:   syllabicity