noun (plural arses /-siːz/)Prosody
A stressed syllable or part of a metrical foot in Greek or Latin verse. Often contrasted with thesis (sense 3).
More example sentences
- Comparable to the inversion of geometric patterns, a melodic line could be played in reverse order (temporal thesis) or inverted and presented as the mirror image of the original (temporal arsis).
late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally 'lifting', from airein 'raise'.
Definition of arsis in:
- The US English dictionary