Meaning of thesis

the•sis

Pronunciation: (thē'sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
  1. a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, esp. one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections: He vigorously defended his thesis on the causes of war.
  2. a subject for a composition or essay.
  3. a dissertation on a particular subject in which one has done original research, as one presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.
  4. the downward stroke in conducting; downbeat. Cf.(def. 1).
    1. a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus or stress.
    2. (less commonly) the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus. Cf.arsis(def. 2).
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