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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 em·pha·sis /ˈɛm(p)fəsəs/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 em·pha·sis n.; pl. Emphases
 1. Rhet. A particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience.
    The province of emphasis is so much more important than accent, that the customary seat of the latter is changed, when the claims of emphasis require it.   --E. Porter.
 2. A peculiar impressiveness of expression or weight of thought; vivid representation, enforcing assent; as, to dwell on a subject with great emphasis.
    External objects stand before us . . . in all the life and emphasis of extension, figure, and color.   --Sir W. Hamilton.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: special importance or significance; "the red light gave the
           central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was
           decorated in shades of gray with distinctive red
           accents" [syn: accent]
      2: intensity or forcefulness of expression; "the vehemence of
         his denial"; "his emphasis on civil rights" [syn: vehemence]
      3: special and significant stress by means of position or
         repetition e.g.
      4: the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note
         (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the
         stress on the wrong syllable" [syn: stress, accent]
      [also: emphases (pl)]