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synesthesia a phenomenon in which a stimulus applied to one part of the body causes a sensation in another, as when a smell produces the visualization of a prior experience.
synfuel see "synthetic fuel."
syngas a synthetic gas, produced from the combustion of fossil fuels or biomass, that contains hydrogen and can be used as a fuel.
synod an assembly of the officers of a given church or denomination for the discussion of church affairs; ecclesiastical council. [2 definitions]
synodical of or pertaining to a synod; synodal. [2 definitions]
synonym a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word of the same language. [2 definitions]
synonymous having the same or a similar meaning; expressing the same idea, intent, or the like.
synonymy the quality of being synonymous or similar in meaning. [3 definitions]
synopsis a short statement giving an overview, the main principles, or the sequence of events of a narrative, argument, article, or the like; summary; abstract.
synopsize to make a brief, condensed summary, outline, or statement of (a longer work); summarize.
synoptic of or indicating a synopsis; forming a summary or overview. [2 definitions]
synovia a clear, thickish secretion from body membranes such as joints or tendon sheaths, which acts as a lubricant.
syntactic of or concerning syntax.
syntactics (used with a sing. verb) the division of semiotics dealing with the components and intrinsic attributes of signs and symbols rather than their use or effect.
syntax the study of the structure and formation of phrases and sentences. [5 definitions]
synthesis the combining of discrete elements into a unified compound or entity, or the unified whole formed by such a combining. (Cf. analysis.) [3 definitions]
synthesize to bring together or combine (separate elements) to form a whole. [3 definitions]
synthesizer an electronic device containing amplifiers, filters, and oscillators that is capable of imitating sounds like those produced by musical instruments, the human voice, machines, and the like, used esp. by musicians. [2 definitions]
synthetic of, pertaining to, resulting from, or involving synthesis. [5 definitions]
synthetic fuel a hydrocarbon fuel produced from fossil fuels such as shale, tar sands, or coal.
synthetic resin any of numerous resinous substances formed by the condensing or polymerizing of simpler molecules. [2 definitions]