Definition of Accent mark

1. Noun. A diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation.

Exact synonyms: Accent
Category relationships: Language, Linguistic Communication
Generic synonyms: Diacritic, Diacritical Mark
Specialized synonyms: Stress Mark, Acute, Acute Accent, Ague, Grave, Grave Accent
Derivative terms: Accentual, Accentuate

Definition of Accent mark

1. Noun. (context: linguistics) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked. ¹

2. Noun. (context: music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note. ¹

3. Noun. (context: music) A mark placed after a letter designating a note of music to indicate the octave in which it occurs. ¹

4. Noun. (context: mathematics) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as '''y'''', '''y'''''. ¹

5. Noun. (context: geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in '''12' 27''''', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds. ¹

6. Noun. (context: engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in '''6' 10''''', meaning six feet ten inches. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Accent Mark

accent acute
accent grave
accent mark (current term)
accent marks
accentual system

Literary usage of Accent mark

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Brief Spanish Grammar with Historical Introductions and Exercises by August Hjalmar Edgren (1899)
"The accent (tone-emphasis) of Spanish words, which may rest on any syllable, is either left unmarked, or denoted by an accent-mark ('). ..."

2. Better English for Speaking and Writing by Sarah Emma Simons, Clem Irwin Orr, Mary Ella Given, William Dodge Lewis (1920)
"55 USING THE DICTIONARY PRONUNCIATION—THE accent mark Find in the dictionary ... This mark is called the accent mark. It tells you where to accent the word, ..."

3. Descriptive Catalogue of a Cabinet of Roman Family Coins Belonging to His by William Henry Smyth (1856)
"... CN(et) F(ilii); here the accent-mark between the F and V shows its ancient use in abbreviating the older Fouri into a modernised Furi. ..."

4. Proofreading and Punctuation by Adele Millicent Smith (1907)
"ACCENTS The acute is the only accent mark employed in Spanish. Rules governing the written accent: 1. Words ending in a vowel, or in n or s, ..."

5. On Early English Pronunciation: With Special Reference to Shakespeare and by Alexander John Ellis, William Salesbury, Johann Andreas Schmeller, Francis James Child, Alexander Barclay, Louis-Lucien Bonaparte, Johan Winkler (1869)
"The accent mark on a short vowel will be the grave, and on a long vowel the circumflex, thus combining the notes of quantity and accent, ..."

6. Elementary Spanish Grammar: With Practical Exercies for Reading by Aurelio Macedonio Espinosa (1915)
"The demonstrative and interrogative pronouns always bear the accent mark on the stressed syllable, to distinguish them from the demonstrative adjectives and ..."

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