a series of changes in the quality of the long vowels between Middle and Modern English as a result of which all were raised, while the high vowels (ē) and (o̅o̅), already at the upper limit, underwent breaking to become the diphthongs (ī) and (ou).
(linguistics) a phonetic change that took place during the transition from Middle to Modern English, whereby the long vowels were raised: (eː became iː , oː became uː), etc. The vowels (iː) and (uː) underwent breaking and became the diphthongs (aɪ) and (aʊ)
noun 1. a system of fortified walls with a roadway along the top, constructed as a defense for China against the nomads of the regions that are now Mongolia and Manchuria: completed in the 3rd century b.c., but later repeatedly modified and rebuilt. 2000 miles (3220 km) long. noun 1. a defensive wall in N […]
noun 1. . noun 1. the war fought mainly in Europe and the Middle East, between the Central Powers and the Allies, beginning on July 28, 1914, and ending on November 11, 1918, with the collapse of the Central Powers. Abbreviation: WWI. noun 1. the war (1914–18), fought mainly in Europe and the Middle East, […]
noun, Horology. 1. the wheel immediately driven by the power source.
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