secondary stress

1. Engin. a stress induced by the elastic deformation of a structure under a temporary load.

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  • Secondary stress — is the weaker of two degrees of stress in the pronunciation of a word; the stronger degree of stress is called primary . The symbol for secondary stress is a short vertical line preceding and at the foot of the stressed syllable: IPA|… …   Wikipedia

  • secondary stress — or secondary accent n. 1. a) any accent, or stress, that is weaker than the full, or primary, accent b) a mark (in this dictionary, ′) used to indicate this 2. Linguis. a) the second strongest of the four phonemic degrees of stress b) a mark… …   English World dictionary

  • secondary stress — n [U and C] technical the second strongest ↑stress that is put on a part of a long word when you speak it. It is shown in this dictionary by the mark (%stress;) →↑primary stress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • secondary stress — noun count or uncount LINGUISTICS the second strongest emphasis on a part of a word or sentence …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • secondary stress — 1. Engin. a stress induced by the elastic deformation of a structure under a temporary load. 2. See secondary accent. * * * ˌsecondary ˈstress f9 [secondary stress] noun uncountable …   Useful english dictionary

  • secondary stress — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms secondary stress : singular secondary stress plural secondary stresses linguistics British the second strongest emphasis on a part of a word or sentence …   English dictionary

  • secondary stress — /sɛkəndri ˈstrɛs/ (say sekuhndree stres) noun a stress accent weaker than primary stress, but stronger than lack of stress. Also, secondary accent …   Australian English dictionary

  • secondary stress — sec′ondary stress′ n. phn a degree of stress weaker than primary stress but stronger than lack of stress: indicated in this dictionary by the mark ( ) Compare primary stress …   From formal English to slang

  • secondary stress — noun (C, U) technical the second strongest stress 1 (4) given in speech to part of a word or sentence, and shown in this dictionary by the mark (|) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stress — [stres] n. [ME stresse < OFr estresse < VL * strictia < L strictus,STRICT; also, in some senses, aphetic < DISTRESS] 1. strain or straining force; specif., a) force exerted upon a body, that tends to strain or deform its shape b) the… …   English World dictionary

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