- 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
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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How to use thesis in a sentence
“The Saudis have been proving the thesis of the film — they do in fact have an army,” said Thor Halvorssen, founder and chief executive of the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation, which funded the movie.An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi|Steven Zeitchik|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
It’s a hypothesis that Bush pursued in her master’s thesis, and last year she began attending virtual Goth parties in a final round of field work before defending her doctoral thesis later this year.Do ‘elder Goths’ hold the secret to aging successfully?|David Walter|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
While this partnership was planned prior to the coronavirus outbreak, co-founder Jordana Kier said the pandemic instantly proved out the expansion thesis.How Walmart became an integral part of the DTC playbook|jim cooper|December 29, 2020|Digiday
They’ve had to defend that thesis for a very, very long time in front of a variety of different customers and different people.General Catalyst’s Katherine Boyle and Peter Boyce are looking for ‘obsessive’ founders|Jordan Crook|December 11, 2020|TechCrunch
Over the past decade, In-Q-Tel has been one of the most active investors in the commercial space sector, with a broad investment thesis that touches many aspects of the sector.Get fast money for your space startup at TC Sessions Space this December|Alexandra Ames|November 9, 2020|TechCrunch
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
At least father and son were in alignment on this central thesis: acting “gay”—bad; being thought of as gay—bad.
Her doctoral thesis, says Ramin Takloo at the University of Illinois, was simply outstanding.Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Unveiled by President Rouhani|IranWire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Marshall McLuhan long ago argued the now accepted thesis that different mediums have different influences on thinking.
He wrote his Master's thesis on the underrepresentation of young people in Congress.
And indeed for most young men a college thesis is but an exercise for sharpening the wits, rarely dangerous in its later effects.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
It will be for the reader to determine whether the main thesis of the book has gained or lost by the new evidence.
But the word thesis, when applied to Systems, does not mean the 'position' of single notes, but of groups of notes.
This conclusion, it need hardly be said, is in entire agreement with the main thesis of the preceding pages.
Sundry outlying Indians, with ammunition to waste, took belly and knee rests and strengthened the thesis to the contrary.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for thesis
Word Origin for thesis
Cultural definitions for thesis
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.