nounWord forms: plural ˈictuses or ˈictus
rhythmic or metrical stress, or accent
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Word origin of 'ictus'L, a blow, stroke, metrical stress < pp. of icere, to strike, hit, beat < IE base *aik-, *ik-, spear, to strike with a sharp weapon > Gr aichmē, a spear