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arse

[ahrs] /ɑrs/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
ass2 (defs 1, 2).
Origin
see ass2

arsis

[ahr-sis] /ˈɑr sɪs/
noun, plural arses
[ahr-seez] /ˈɑr siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.
Compare thesis (def 4).
2.
Prosody.
  1. the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
  2. (less commonly) a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus.
    Compare thesis (def 5).
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English: raising the voice < Latin < Greek, equivalent to ar- (stem of aírein to raise, lift) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for arses

arse

/ɑːs/
noun (slang)
1.
the buttocks
2.
the anus
3.
a stupid person; fool
4.
sexual intercourse
5.
(Austral) effrontery; cheek
6.
get one's arse into gear, to start to do something seriously and quickly
Also called (for senses 2, 3) arsehole (ˈɑːsˌhəʊl), (US and Canadian) asshole
Usage note
Dating back at least a thousand years, and taboo till around the middle of the 20th century, this venerable ``Anglo-Saxon'' word now seems unlikely to cause offence in all but the most formal contexts. Its acceptability has possibly been helped by such useful verb formations as ``to arse about'' and ``I can't be arsed''
Word Origin
OE

arsis

/ˈɑːsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
(in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical foot Compare thesis (sense 6)
Word Origin
C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise
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Word Origin and History for arses

arse

n.

"buttocks," Old English ærs "tail, rump," from Proto-Germanic *arsoz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse ars, Middle Dutch ærs, German Arsch "buttock"), cognate with Greek orros "tail, rump, base of the spine," Hittite arrash, Armenian or "buttock," Old Irish err "tail." Middle English had arse-winning "money obtained by prostitution" (late 14c.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for arses

arse

noun

ass (1860+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for arses

arsis

in prosody, respectively, the accented and unaccented parts of a poetic foot. Arsis, a term of Greek origin meaning "the act of raising or lifting" or "raising the foot in beating time," refers in Greek, or quantitative, verse to the lighter or shorter part of a poetic foot, and thesis to the accented part of the poetic foot. In Latin, or accentual, verse, the meanings of these words were reversed-arsis came to mean the accented or longer part of the foot, and thesis the unaccented part. It is the Latin meaning that has been retained in modern usage

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