Definition - The dividing of written or spoken words into syllables.

1. This is a key problem in word processing because you have to figure out where to break words that spread across multiple lines.

Example -
syl - lab - bi - fi - ca - tion

Etymology -
The word derives via French and Latin from the Greek syllabe, several sounds or letters taken together (from syn, together + lambanein, to take; thus, etymology-wise, a syllable is a "taking together" of sounds).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1838:
"The early systems of syllabification."
(Guest, English Rhythms, I. 23)

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