word stress

noun

Definition of word stress

: the manner in which stresses are distributed on the syllables of a word

called also word accent

Examples of word stress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One interstitial word stresses the possibility of transformation rather than stasis: liminal. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "We’re in a ‘liminal’ moment, rather than ‘in limbo’," 11 June 2020 Nevertheless, Aldridge offered words stressing peace and the love of family on that December day. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Dwyane Wade's off-court work in his one season with Bulls made a powerful impact," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of word stress

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Word stress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20stress. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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