noun, plural the·ses [thee-seez] /ˈθi siz/.
- a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus or stress.
- (less commonly) the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus.Compare arsis(def 2).
Origin of thesis
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Examples from the Web for theses
Historical Examples of theses
Like Luther's nailing his theses to the church-door at Wittenberg.Dreamers of the Ghetto
The Pope, when he saw the theses, smiled in good-natured contempt. 'Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
Through his writings (The 95 Theses), he precipitated the Reformation.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The students at Wittenberg retaliated by burning Tetzel's theses.
That we will have the Theses printed by Mr. Armour of Montreal.McGill and its Story, 1821-1921
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for thesis
late 14c., "unaccented syllable or note," from Latin thesis "unaccented syllable in poetry," later "stressed part of a metrical foot," from Greek thesis "a proposition," also "downbeat" (in music), originally "a setting down or placing," from root of tithenai "to place, put, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Sense in logic of "a proposition, statement to be proved" is first recorded 1570s; that of "dissertation written by a candidate for a university degree" is from 1650s.
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.