syli

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Noun[edit]

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syli ‎(plural sylis)

  1. The monetary unit of Guinea between 1971 and 1985, subdivided into 100 cauris.

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsyli/
  • Hyphenation: sy‧li

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *süli, from Proto-Uralic *süle. Cognates include Estonian süli, Hungarian öl.

Noun[edit]

syli

  1. arms (in reference to embracing or holding in both one's arms)
    Otin hänet syliini.
    I took her in my arms.
  2. lap (space over upper legs of a seated person)
    Poika istui äitinsä sylissä.
    The boy was sitting on his mother's lap.
  3. (figuratively) lap (place of rearing and fostering)
  4. Synonym of sylillinen (armful).
Declension[edit]
Inflection of syli (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative syli sylit
genitive sylin sylien
partitive syliä sylejä
illative syliin syleihin
singular plural
nominative syli sylit
accusative nom. syli sylit
gen. sylin
genitive sylin sylien
partitive syliä sylejä
inessive sylissä syleissä
elative sylistä syleistä
illative syliin syleihin
adessive sylillä syleillä
ablative syliltä syleiltä
allative sylille syleille
essive sylinä syleinä
translative syliksi syleiksi
instructive sylein
abessive sylittä syleittä
comitative syleineen
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Etymology 2[edit]

Calque from Swedish famn(lap, measure of length).

Noun[edit]

syli

  1. fathom (traditional measure of length equal to three cubits; see usage notes below)
  2. (nautical) fathom
  3. (archaic) A measure for chopped firewood, about four cubic meters.
Declension[edit]

Although derived from the noun meaning the body part, this word is inflected differently (singular genitive sylen for the length measure, and sylin for the body part).

Inflection of syli (Kotus type 24/uni, no gradation)
nominative syli sylet
genitive sylen sylien
sylten
partitive syltä syliä
illative syleen syliin
singular plural
nominative syli sylet
accusative nom. syli sylet
gen. sylen
genitive sylen sylien
sylten
partitive syltä syliä
inessive sylessä sylissä
elative sylestä sylistä
illative syleen syliin
adessive sylellä sylillä
ablative syleltä syliltä
allative sylelle sylille
essive sylenä sylinä
translative syleksi syliksi
instructive sylin
abessive sylettä sylittä
comitative sylineen
Usage notes[edit]

When Finland belonged to Sweden, the Finnish cubit (kyynärä) was equal to Swedish aln (59.4 cm), thus making the length of syli 178.2 cm (= 70.16 inches). Under the Russian rule (1809–1917) the definition of kyynärä was modified to correspond with Russian аршин(aršin) (71.12 cm), thus lengthening syli to 213.36 cm (= 84 inches). In nautical terminology, syli corresponds to English fathom (72 inches = 182.88 cm).

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