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Syllable vs Stress - What's the difference?

syllable | stress |

As nouns the difference between syllable and stress

is that syllable is (linguistics) a unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables while stress is stress (emotional pressure).

As a verb syllable

is (poetic) to utter in syllables.

syllable

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
  • *
  • The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.
  • A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
  • * Hooker
  • Before any syllable of the law of God was written.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Who dare speak / One syllable against him?

    Derived terms

    * monosyllable * polysyllable * quadrisyllable * quinquesyllable * syllabary * syllabatim * syllabic * syllabification * syllabify * trisyllable * words of one syllable

    Verb

    (syllabl)
  • (poetic) To utter in syllables.
  • Aery tongues that syllable men's names — Milton.

    stress

    English

    Noun

  • (countable, physics) The internal distribution of force per unit area (pressure) within a body reacting to applied forces which causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by
  • (countable, physics) externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.
  • (uncountable) Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal.
  • Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately.
  • (uncountable, phonetics) The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word.
  • Some people put the stress on the first syllable of “controversy”; others put it on the second.
  • (uncountable) Emphasis placed on words in speaking.
  • (uncountable) Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).
  • (Spenser)
  • (Scotland, legal) distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
  • Synonyms

    * (phonetics) accent, emphasis * (on words in speaking) emphasis * (on a point) emphasis

    Verb

  • To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.
  • To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).
  • (informal) To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.
  • To emphasise (a syllable of a word).
  • “Emphasis” is stressed on the first syllable, but “emphatic” is stressed on the second.
  • To emphasise (words in speaking).
  • To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion.
  • I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence.

    Synonyms

    * (phonetics) emphasise/emphasize * (on words in speaking) emphasise/emphasize * (on a point) emphasise/emphasize, underline

    Derived terms

    * stressed * stress out

    References