WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
e•li•sion  (i lizhən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Linguistics, Phoneticsthe omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation.
  2. Literature, Poetry(in verse) the omission of a vowel at the end of one word when the next word begins with a vowel, as th'orient.
  3. an act or instance of eliding or omitting anything.
  • Latin ēlīsiōn- (stem of ēlīsiō) a striking out, equivalent. to ēlīs(us) (past participle of ēlīdere; see elide) + -iōn- -ion
  • 1575–85

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elision /ɪˈlɪʒən/ n
  1. the omission of a syllable or vowel at the beginning or end of a word, esp when a word ending with a vowel is next to one beginning with a vowel
  2. any omission of a part or parts
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin ēlīsiō, from ēlīdere to elide

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