sentence stress

noun

: the manner in which stresses are distributed on the syllables of words assembled into sentences

called also sentence accent

Examples of sentence stress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note that the preceding sentence stresses the leadership role of Moses and Aaron (Leviticus 9:23; Eruvin 63a). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sentence stress was in 1884

Dictionary Entries Near sentence stress

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“Sentence stress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentence%20stress. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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