primary stress


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primary stress

n.
1. The strongest degree of stress placed on a syllable in the pronunciation of a word.
2. The mark (′) used to indicate the strongest degree of stress. In both senses also called primary accent.

primary stress

n
(Linguistics) linguistics another term for primary accent

pri′mary stress′


n.
the principal or strongest degree of stress in a word or phrase: indicated in this dictionary by the mark (′). Compare secondary stress.
[1950–55]
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When you're stressed, the primary stress hormone called cortisol is released.
The primary stress in Livonian is on the first syllable of a word.
While English walnut is considered stronger than American black walnut, and probably is, provided you have straight grain through the primary stress areas and the stock is properly inletted and bedded, black walnut is plenty strong enough for all sporting firearms, perhaps with the exception of large-caliber rifles with extreme recoil.
Jeffrey Mangel, director of the division of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, noted, "This is a very common clinical scenario; we see this every week--patients who have primary stress incontinence who have some mild degree of anterior wall prolapse --and the question is how to manage that.
An increased level of adrenalin is responsible for the primary stress response in people which causes a racing heart, sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, shaky legs, dry mouth, and shallow breathing -- a sure indicator that something novel is on the horizon.
Cortisol - This is the primary stress hormone, which has an effect on many different body systems.
TVT-secur: a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of primary stress urinary incontinence.
This axis controls the body's levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, and it generally does not function normally in individuals with depression- and stress-related illnesses.
Researchers have identified two hormone systems that constitute the primary stress pathways:
Stress Management: My leisure activities are my primary stress management techniques.
This study addresses the extent to which the location of primary stress in Dutch, German, and English monomorphemic words is affected by the syllables preceding the three final syllables.
As a result, the time difference of delivery over the total phrase between the one way, which marks only primary stress with gesture, and the other, which marks both primary and secondary stress, is small.