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Meaning of "tmesis" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TMESIS

Via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TMESIS

tmesis  [təˈmiːsɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TMESIS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Tmesis is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES TMESIS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Tmesis

Tmesis is a linguistic phenomenon in which a word or phrase is separated into two parts, with other words interrupting between them. One example would be the recurring phrase by Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, "legen-wait for it-dary", in which the phrase "wait for it" is inserted into the word "legendary". Another example is "'wel-diddly-elcome", a signature phrase of fictional character Ned Flanders', where a nonsense word is inserted. Note the reduplication of part of the host word.

Definition of tmesis in the English dictionary

The definition of tmesis in the dictionary is interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH TMESIS


amniocentesis
ˌæmnɪəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs
anamnesis
ˌænæmˈniːsɪs
anthesis
ænˈθiːsɪs
arthrodesis
ˌɑːθrəʊˈdiːsɪs
cosmesis
kɒzˈmiːsɪs
cytokinesis
ˌsaɪtəʊkɪˈniːsɪs
electrophoresis
ɪˌlɛktrəʊfəˈriːsɪs
enuresis
ˌɛnjʊˈriːsɪs
erythropoiesis
ɪˌrɪθrəʊpɔɪˈiːsɪs
exegesis
ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs
hematopoiesis
ˌhemətəʊpɔɪˈiːsɪs
hysteresis
ˌhɪstəˈriːsɪs
iontophoresis
aɪˌɒntəʊfəˈriːsɪs
kinesis
kɪˈniːsɪs
mimesis
mɪˈmiːsɪs
paraparesis
ˌpærəpəˈriːsɪs
psychokinesis
ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈniːsɪs
pyrokinesis
ˌpaɪrəʊkɪˈniːsɪs
telekinesis
ˌtɛlɪkɪˈniːsɪs
thesis
ˈθiːsɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TMESIS

tk
TKO
Tl
TLA
Tlaxcala
TLC
Tlemcen
Tlingit
TLS
tm
TMI
TMO
TMS
TMT
TMV
tn
tng
TNT
to
to a degree

WORDS THAT END LIKE TMESIS

angiogenesis
biosynthesis
carcinogenesis
emesis
genesis
haematemesis
hematemesis
hyperemesis
hypothesis
mutagenesis
Nemesis
osteogenesis
parenthesis
pathogenesis
PhD thesis
photosynthesis
prosthesis
synthesis
Tamesis
transgenesis

Synonyms and antonyms of tmesis in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «tmesis» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TMESIS

Find out the translation of tmesis to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of tmesis from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «tmesis» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

tmesis
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tmesis
570 millions of speakers

English

tmesis
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

tmesis
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

tmesis
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

tmesis
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

tmesis
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শব্দসমূহের অবাঁচিত প্রবেশ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tmesis
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tmesis
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Tmesis
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

tmesis
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

tmesis
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tmesis
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

phép phân ngư
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

tmesis
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Tmesis
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mürekkep kelimenin içine başka bir kelimenin sokulması
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

tmesis
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

tmesis
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

tmesis
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

tmesis
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

tmesis
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

tmesis
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

tmesis
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tmesis
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of tmesis

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TMESIS»

The term «tmesis» is normally little used and occupies the 123.950 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TMESIS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «tmesis» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «tmesis» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about tmesis

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TMESIS»

Discover the use of tmesis in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to tmesis and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Relative Chronology in Early Greek Epic Poetry
Pierson, in his major study on tmesis (1857), said that tmesis in Homer is not figure, but idiom. Wackernagel (1928: 172) was convinced that early Greek shows a real independence of the preverb. But since 1953, many scholars have come to ...
Øivind Andersen, Dag T. T. Haug, 2012
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Linear B, a 1984 Survey: Proceedings of the Mycenaean ...
(1898-1904 1.530) state that "in Homer one cannot speak of tmesis in the strict sense of the word, because in him tmesis is fully natural, non-artificial, and is rooted in the structure of the contemporary language", they must be wrong, even if ...
Anna Morpurgo Davies, Yves Duhoux, 1985
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Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction
In languages where the preverb and the verb usually form a single word, such as Classical Greek, the separation of the two is called tmesis, literally 'a cutting'. The term is misleading; it arose from a traditional bias toward Classical Greek, ...
Benjamin W. Fortson, IV, 2011
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Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding ...
Forms of this type were so common that Henry Cecil Wyld cites abso-blooming- lately as an example of tmesis (see the entry tmesis). Even then it must have been a euphemism for abso-frigging/fucking-lutely. The earliest recorded extended ...
Anne Curzan, Kimberly Emmons, 2004
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Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature
We might also ask if the discontinuous, fragmentary reading demanded by hypertext is not a form of tmesis (see Barthes 1975). But to assume this would be to make a grave mistake. Nevertheless, since it is a common trope among hypertext ...
Espen J. Aarseth, 1997
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Handbook of Literary Rhetoric: A Foundation for Literary Study
716); ... poetae quidem etiam verborum divisione faciunt transgressionem: " Hyperboreo septem subiecta trion?' (Verg. G. 3.381), quod oratio nequáquam recipiet. Described as tmesis and classed with metaplasms (cf. § 483) is the occurrence ...
Heinrich Lausberg, David E. Orton, R. Dean Anderson, 1998
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A New Companion to Homer
The likelihood of Bronze Age dactylic poetry in an East Greek dialect has been reinforced by the observation that Homeric Greek has preserved a syntactic construction, so-called 'tmesis' (i.e. the separation of a preverb from its verb), which is ...
Ian Morris, Barry B. Powell, 1997
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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide
Tmesis is the splitting of a compound and the separation of its parts with a grammatically unnatural result; the skald Pj6661fr, for example, sandwiched a reference to I6unn's abductors between the two syllables of her name: "Then was Id ...
Carol J. Clover, John Lindow, 2005
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Musica Poetica: Musical-Rhetorical Figures in German Baroque ...
Susenbrotus (Epitome p.35) Tmesis Tu^mg Diacope AKXKOTCII est unius dictionis compositae divisio, una dictione pluribue interiectis, Latine Sec- tio, sive Intercisio. Mancinellus: Dat Ttnesim partes in binas dictio secta. Vogt (Conclave p .
Dietrich Bartel
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Sounds Good on Paper: How to Bring Business Language to Life
template for this particular tmesis with his own immortal, 'In two words: Im. Possible'. Here Sam makes his point (and his tmesis) by splitting 'impossible' in two, while neatly teeing up his deliberate error with the 'In two words' bit. Again it's an ...
Roger Horberry, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TMESIS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term tmesis is used in the context of the following news items.
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Leading artists coming to Warrington as part of Arts Council project
Some of the highlights include a 'cultural crawl' of host venues, Glastonbury favourite Mik Artistic, acclaimed physical theatre company Tmesis, Longshot Film ... «Warrington Guardian, Jul 15»
2
New Partnership Announced for Return of Warrington Contemporary …
... Parr Hall; highly praised Physical Theatre company Tmesis; Longshot Micro Film Festival; Capriccio experimental music workshop; and a haunted silent disco. «Broadway World, Jul 15»
3
Liverpool's Unity Theatre reveals autumn season
There is also a return to the theatre itself for Tmesis Theatre's hilarious and passionate physical theatre production That's Amore, which won a four-star review ... «Liverpool Echo, Jun 15»
4
Uber Ruling Threat To App-Based Cab Business
Tmesis 5ptsFeatured Jun 18, 2015. The ruling could undermine the entire business model of the controversial mobile-based ride hailing service, which has ... «Sky News, Jun 15»
5
Thirteen Years Later, Did Spellbound Show Us the Power or the …
“Our investigation,” Duckworth and her colleagues wrote, “suggests that this young victor's flawless march through the words tmesis, izzat, kanone, aubade, ... «Smithsonian, May 15»
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Guitar-Playing Ex-Postman Jailed For Injury Scam
Tmesis 5ptsFeatured May 18, 2015. Once again ! Send him back to where he comes from. FlagShare. 8 defiance philg collingwood rn Indigenous Brit LikeReply. «Sky News, May 15»
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Liverpool LightNight 2015 and the Waggle Dance
This new piece of street theatre by two local companies is part of Liverpool company Tmesis Theatre's Physical Fest, an annual international festival of physical ... «Liverpool Echo, Apr 15»
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Free weekend of family activities launches Liverpool's Physical Fest
This event is running prior to the main Physical Fest – an annual celebration of physical theatre staged by Liverpool's Tmesis Theatre – which returns to ... «Liverpool Echo, Apr 15»
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International Physical Theatre Festival Returns to Liverpool
Liverpool's Tmesis Theatre and Physical Fest are back for 2015 with a line up set to be ... As always, Tmesis Theatre will be bringing the very best and most ... «ATV Today, Apr 15»
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Bus Stop Rapist Stalked Three Other Women
Please remember this and Vote UKIP at the next general election. FlagShare. 1 Axeman LikeReply. Tmesis 5ptsFeatured Apr 13, 2015. I am not surprised that a ... «Sky News, Apr 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Tmesis [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/tmesis>. Jun 2021 ».
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