2 (defs 1, 2).
Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.
Compare (def 4).

the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
(less commonly) a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus.
Compare (def 5).

Historical Examples

The succession terminated with arses, whom Bagous the eunuch having killed set up Darius, who was not of the royal family.
The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3) Strabo

noun (slang)
the buttocks
the anus
a stupid person; fool
sexual intercourse
(Austral) effrontery; cheek
get one’s arse into gear, to start to do something seriously and quickly
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical foot Compare thesis (sense 6)

“buttocks,” Old English ærs “tail, rump,” from Proto-Germanic *arsoz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse ars, Middle Dutch ærs, German Arsch “buttock”), cognate with Greek orros “tail, rump, base of the spine,” Hittite arrash, Armenian or “buttock,” Old Irish err “tail.” Middle English had arse-winning “money obtained by prostitution” (late 14c.).


ass (1860+)


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