noun /ˈsiləbəl/  syllables, plural

A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; e.g., there are two syllables in water and three in inferno

A character or characters representing a syllable

The least amount of speech or writing; the least mention of something
- I'd never have breathed a syllable if he'd kept quiet

verb /ˈsiləbəl/  syllabled, past participle; syllabled, past tense; syllables, 3rd person singular present; syllabling, present participle

Pronounce (a word or phrase) clearly, syllable by syllable

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