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1. Division; separation.

2. The cutting Off or suppression of a vowel or syllable, for the sake of meter or euphony; especially, in poetry, the dropping of a final vowel standing before an initial vowel in the following word, when the two words are drawn together.

Origin: L. Elisio, fr. Elidere, elisum, to strike out: cf. F. Elision. See Elide.