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spon·dee

(spon'dē),
A bisyllabic word with equivalent stress on each syllable; used in the testing of hearing for speech.
[Fr.]

spon·dee

(spon-dē)
A bisyllabic word with generally equivalent stress on each of the two syllables; used in the testing of speech hearing.
[Fr.]

spondee

(spon′dē″) [L. spondeus, fr Gr. spondeios, pert. to or used in a libation, fr spondē, libation]
A two-syllable word that receives an equal or nearly equal accent on each syllable, e.g., toothbrush, football. Spondaic words are use in audiometry to test for acuity and to establish an auditory baseline
spondaic (spon-dā″ik), adjective
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Primarily, though, both in that case and when the stress clash is a result of spondees (the Milton example above), the deceleration is borne out of the phonetic reality involved in articulating adjacent stresses.
Moreover, to consider one technique of meter, Simms deftly uses spondees to suggest effects of fullness in several instances: "Too far" (2), "much / too choice"(3), "set / much bet / ter" (4), and "wide wood" (11).
Coleridge writes the eleven-year-old Henry Gillman that he should learn iambs, trochees, spondees, pyrrics, amphimacers, and amphibrachs with the diligence he applies when learning his cyphers from a multiplication table (SWF 2.
Anapestic meter uses four kinds of verse foot: canonical anapests (LLH), spondees (HH), dactyls (HLL), and proceleusmatics (LLLL); and the most common of these is NOT the anapest (LLH) but the spondee (HH), as we will see below.
Warner of Rouen), it is also possible that the line is deliberately non-metrical, part of a lost game of metrics, perhaps, between Warner and Moriuht (who is cited in Warner's satire on Moriuht as making metrical errors, including putting a spondee rather than a trochee at the end of a hexameter).
Indeed, in the very next sentence of this same note, Steele hints that a more tolerant view of pyrrhics and spondees is also found in a piece in David Baker's anthology; if so, I would certainly like to hear more about it.
Speech recognition testing conducted in the sound field with a 50-dB HL presentation level was 80% on the Four-Choice Spondee Test, compared with 25% preoperatively.
The spondee in English is usually defined as a metrical foot consisting of two stressed syllables.
As with the skill of verses properly managed the little river quietly makes its way along the valley and through the local village below the smiling hospitable house, easily flowing over the shining stones, trochee, and an anapest, pyrrhic, and also spondee, under the heartbeat easy governance of long continued metrical discipline.
Line 10 follows a trochaic substitution with a spondee and a phyrric: "TIME, the STRONG CREDitor, will CALL his DEBT.
We tested the SRT in each ear by using an adaptive procedure and the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) W-1 spondee word list [17].
In the first of the two lines, an initial anapaest is followed by a spondee and two iambs.