accent

ac•cent
n. [[t]ˈæk sɛnt[/t]] v. [[t]also ækˈsɛnt[/t]] n.
1) phn prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, pitch, length, or a combination of these
2) phn degree of prominence of a syllable within a word or of a word within a phrase:
primary accent; secondary accent[/ex]
3) a mark indicating stress (as ′ or `), vowel quality (as French grave `, acute ´, circumflex ^), pitch, distinction in meaning, or that an ordinarily silent vowel is to be pronounced
4) regularly recurring stress in verse
5) phn a mode of pronunciation characteristic of or distinctive to the speech of a particular person, group, or locality:
a southern accent[/ex]
6) such a mode of pronunciation recognized as being of foreign origin:
She still speaks with an accent[/ex]
7)
a) a stress or emphasis given to certain musical notes
b) a mark indicating this
c) stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm
8) Often, accents
the tones, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual or express a particular emotion
9) special attention or emphasis:
an accent on accuracy[/ex]
10) a contrasting detail
11) a distinctive quality or feature
12)
a) math. a symbol used to distinguish similar mathematical quantities that differ in value, as in b′, b〃, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively)
b) wam a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (′) or inches (〃), minutes (′) or seconds (〃)
c) math. a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f′ (called f prime) is the first derivative of a function
f[/ex]
13) accents, words; language; speech:
He spoke in accents bold[/ex]
14) phn to pronounce with prominence (a syllable within a word or a word within a phrase):
Accent the first syllable[/ex]
15) to mark with a written accent or accents
16) to give emphasis or prominence to; accentuate
Etymology: 1520–30; < L accentus speaking tone =ac- ac-+-centus, cantus song (see canto) ac′cent•less, adj. ac•cen′tu•a•ble, adj.

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  • accent — [ak′sent΄; ] chiefly Brit [, ak′sənt; ] for v. [, ak′sent΄, ak sent′] n. [Fr < L accentus < ad , to + cantus, pp. of canere, to sing: a L rendering of Gr prosōidia (see PROSODY), orig. referring to the pitch scheme of Gr verse] 1. the… …   English World dictionary

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