from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Medicine A sudden attack, blow, stroke, or seizure.
- n. The accent that falls on a stressed syllable in a line of scanned verse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the pulse
- n. A sudden attack, blow, stroke, or seizure, as in a sunstroke, the sting of an insect, pulsation of an artery, etc.
- n. The stress of voice laid upon an accented syllable of a word. Compare arsis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The stress of voice laid upon accented syllable of a word. Cf. arsis.
- n. A stroke or blow, as in a sunstroke, the sting of an insect, pulsation of an artery, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stroke: as, ictus solis, sunstroke.
- n. In prosody and music, rhythmical or metrical stress; additional intensity of utterance or delivery distinguishing one time or syllable in a foot or series from the others.
- n. in which the accent is marked and the syllables bearing the ictus are italicized. The part of a foot on which the ictus falls is called the thesis (but see arsis). In a dipody one ictus is stronger than the other. In a colon the ictus of one measure dominates all others. A subordinate ictus can also accompany the principal ictus within the same foot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
Latin, stroke, from past participle of īcere, to strike.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin ictus ("a blow"), from īcio ("I hit, strike, or smite”; “I stab or sting"). (Wiktionary)