hovering accent

noun
variants: or

hovering stress

Definition of hovering accent

  1. :  a distribution of energy, pitch, or duration in two adjacent syllables in some utterance of verse when a heavy syllable occurs next to a syllable bearing the metrical ictus so that for perception the stress seems to be divided or diffused nearly equally over both (as cornfield in the line “that o'er´/the green´/cornfield/did pass´”)

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