adj 1: used of syllables; "an atonic syllable carries no stress"
] [ant: tonic
2: not bearing a stress or accent; "short vowels are
unstressed" [syn: unstressed
] [ant: stressed
3: used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no
stress; "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light
syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable" [syn: light