Meaning of STRESS in English

STRESS

n.

In phonetics , an emphasis given to a syllable of speech by making it louder than the rest of the word.

This emphasis may have no meaning; for example, Czech words are regularly stressed on the first syllable. It may, however, distinguish the meanings of similarly spelled but differently pronounced words; for example, permit is stressed on the first syllable as a noun and on the second as a verb. It may also be applied to a word to express its importance in a sentence. See also intonation .

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