word stress


Definition of word stress

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

called also word accent

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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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