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secondary stress

noun
1.
Engineering. a stress induced by the elastic deformation of a structure under a temporary load.
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Historical Examples
  • In polysyllables there was a secondary stress on the alternate vowels.

  • The syllables "soul, Merman" are respectively cases of primary stress, secondary stress, and no-stress.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • In Anglo-Saxon verse the combination of a primary stress, a secondary stress, and an unstressed syllable, is a recognized type.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • If the thesis in either foot is the second part of a compound it receives, of course, a secondary stress.

  • The secondary stress in E1 falls frequently on a short syllable, as in D1.

  • These are nouns and have the stress on the antepenultima, which in Latin bore the secondary stress.

  • Whether the penultima has more than a secondary stress is a matter of dispute.

British Dictionary definitions for secondary stress

secondary stress

noun
1.
another term for secondary accent
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