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n. pl. ar·ses (-sēz′)
a. The short or unaccented part of a metrical foot, especially in quantitative verse.
b. The accented or long part of a metrical foot, especially in accentual verse.
2. Music The upbeat or unaccented part of a measure.
[Middle English, raising of the voice, from Late Latin, raising of the voice, accented part of a metrical foot, from Greek, raising of the foot (marking the upbeat), the unaccented part of a metrical foot, from aeirein, to lift; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Poetry) (in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical foot. Compare thesis6
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise]
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n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
1. the upward stroke in conducting music; upbeat. Compare thesis (def. 4).
a. the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
b. a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus. Compare thesis (def. 5).
[1350–1400; Middle English: raising the voice < Latin < Greek]
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the accented part of a foot of verse.See also: Verse
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