the·sis /ˈθisəs, ||ˈθɛsɪs/
The·sis n.; pl. Theses
1. A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument.
2. Hence, an essay or dissertation written upon specific or definite theme; especially, an essay presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.
I told them of the grave, becoming, and sublime deportment they should assume upon this mystical occasion, and read them two homilies and a thesis of my own composing, to prepare them. --Goldsmith.
3. Logic An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
4. Mus. The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; -- the opposite of arsis.
5. Pros. (a) The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word. (b) The part of the foot upon which such a depression falls.
n 1: an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an
2: a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from
research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic
degree [syn: dissertation]
[also: theses (pl)]