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Definitions:

  • Syllepsis.
  • A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to fill a parallel syntactic role in two or more clauses or phrases, as with the verb <em>was</em> in <em>She was upstairs, and her husband downstairs.</em>
  • A figure in grammar in which two nouns are joined to a verb suitable to only one of them, but suggesting another verb suitable to the other noun; or in which an adjective is similarly used with two nouns.
  • [<em>capitalized</em>] [NL.] In <em>entomology</em>, a genus of hemipterous insects.
  • A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote.
  • The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one.
  • <xref>Syllepsis</xref>.
  • use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one
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