Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • If you don't know how to conduct, that's okay - the game is more concerned that you can give a consistent flick, or "ictus," rather than whether or not you know what a

    The Tanooki

  • In describing what happened in Milan, the phrase “ictus occuli ” is used at the apex of the pilgrim`s ascent when he touches God or God touched him but only for the briefest of moments.

    Two Allegories

  • But these longs again are peculiar, and sometimes strike the European ear as shorts, thus adding a difficulty for those who would represent Oriental metres by western feet, ictus and accent.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Horizontal episemas and and especially the ictus are of course not found in the Dominican and Cistercian Chant tradition to name just two Chant families, and there is a reason-they weren't needed.

    Archive 2008-05-18

  • Havena I missed the chance to turn out as clarissimus an ictus, as auld Grunwiggin himself? —

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Ut lubet feriat, abstergant hos ictus Democriti pharmacos.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [4025] Expers terroris Achilles armatus: as a tortoise in his shell, [4026] virtute mea me involvo, or an urchin round, nil moror ictus [4027] a lizard in camomile, I decline their fury and am safe.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Oliver. de Johanne primo Portugalliae Rege strenue pugnans, et diversae partis ictus clypeo excipiens.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Ad occasum solis aegre domum rediens, atque totum die ex adverso deae sedens recto, in ipsam perpetuo oculorum ictus direxit, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Interdum quoque sensimus tanquam graues baculorum ictus, per humeros, dorsa, latera, et ad renes, alij quidem grauiores, alij vt puta secundum demeritum vniuscuiusque.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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