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word stress

the stress pattern or patterns associated with the words of a particular language when they are considered in isolation.
Also called word accent.
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Origin of word stress
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • With respect to the word-stress and the metrical value of syllables there are in Shakespeare many archaic peculiarities.

British Dictionary definitions for word-stress

word stress

the stress accent on the syllables of individual words either in a sentence or in isolation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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