Webster 1913 Edition
A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument.
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
thesisof my own composing, to prepare them.
An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; – the opposite of arsis.
The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.
The part of the foot upon which such a depression falls.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument; a theme; a subject.
2.In logic, every proposition may be divided into thesis and hypothesis. Thesis contains the thing affirmed or denied, and hypothesis the conditions of the affirmation or negation.