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).
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Origin of thesis
historical usage of thesis
Thesis with the meaning “a proposition put forward to be discussed, proved, or defended” appeared in 1579; the more specific meaning “a dissertation required for an academic degree” dates from the second half of the 17th century. These meanings developed from the rhetorical sense in Latin and Greek.
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Example sentences from the Web for thesis
In “Back Home,” Gil also revisits the nostalgia for the South explored in his Johns Hopkins thesis, “Circle of Stone.”‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon|Marcus Baram|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wrote his Master's thesis on the underrepresentation of young people in Congress.
For my thesis show at RISD, I did this piece based on this book called Fucking James Franco.James Franco Uncensored: The Actor on Broadway, NYT Hate, and That Half-Naked Instagram|Marlow Stern|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the book were reducible to a thesis, it might be the simple claim that some things exceed our capacity for comprehension.Barbara Ehrenreich Gives God a Going Over in Her New Book|Nick Romeo|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I prove my thesis with two words that appear at the end of the movie, “Senator Blutarsky.”How Harold Ramis Invented Baby Boom Comedy With ‘Animal House’|P. J. O’Rourke|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I shall term the thesis, in view of its essential characteristic, the dogmatism of pure reason.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
After this appeal to reason in his readers, Mr. Wattal develops his thesis.The New World of Islam|Lothrop Stoddard
Within certain limits the thesis is a test of the present attainments of the student and also a prophecy of his future success.College Teaching|Paul Klapper
This thesis may further cast some light on other technological questions.Mine Pumping in Agricola's Time and Later|Robert P. Multhauf
This reply has made me an enemy, although he admits the first part of the thesis.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for thesis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for thesis
Cultural definitions for thesis
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.