diachronic adj : used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics" [syn: historical] [ant: synchronic]
EtymologyFrom dia- through, along with + chronos time
- occuring or changing along with time
- "...one salient value of archival magazine preservation is that individual issues register, however unintentionally, the small, incremental, diachronic movements within a culture." — Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2005
- Diachronic linguistics is the study of language change; it is also called historical linguistics.
Diachronic or Diachronous is a technical term for something happening over time. It is used in several fields of research.