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word stress

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noun
  1. the stress pattern or patterns associated with the words of a particular language when they are considered in isolation.

Origin of word stress

First recorded in 1910–15
Also called word accent.
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Examples from the Web for word stress

Historical Examples

  • With respect to the word-stress and the metrical value of syllables there are in Shakespeare many archaic peculiarities.

    A History of English Versification

    Jakob Schipper


British Dictionary definitions for word stress

word stress

noun
  1. the stress accent on the syllables of individual words either in a sentence or in isolation
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