secondary stress

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secondary stress

[′sek·ən‚der·ē ′stres]
(mechanics)
A self-limiting normal or shear stress which is caused by the constraint of a structure and which is expected to cause minor distortions that would not result in a failure of the structure.
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A line of 12 syllables with a caesura, or pause, after the sixth syllable and with major stresses on the sixth and on the last syllable and one secondary accent in each half line.
Another example that M-W failed to list is the large numbers of-ess endings whose ultimate syllables have primary or secondary accents, both -less and -hess.
Ladd uses the terms "secondary accents" for prenuclear accents, and "primary accents" for pitch accents followed by a phrasal boundary.
We will not always assign primary and secondary accents to the same syllables in a given polysyllabic word.