- Sentence stress is defined as the various emphasis on the syllables in the words of a sentence.
An example of sentence stress is choosing a different word in a line of a poem to give more emphasis or contrast.
sentence stress definition by Webster's New World
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the arrangement of stresses on the syllables of the words making up a sentence, varying in distribution as for emphasis, contrast, etc.
sentence stress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The variation in emphasis or vocal stress on the syllables of words within a sentence.