word stress


noun

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

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Origin of word stress

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for word stress

word stress

noun

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