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primary accent

the principal or strongest stress of a word.
Also called primary stress. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Thus, in am´ mu ni´ tion the primary accent falls on the third syllable and the secondary on the first.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • In other respects verse-members with a secondary accent obey the same laws as those with a primary accent.

  • In compound measures the secondary accent is marked by a beat almost as strong as that given the primary accent.

    Essentials in Conducting Karl Wilson Gehrkens
British Dictionary definitions for primary accent

primary accent

(linguistics) the strongest accent in a word or breath group, as that on the first syllable of agriculture Compare secondary accent
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