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  • countable noun accent Someone who speaks with a particular accent pronounces the words of a language in a distinctive way that shows which country, region, or social class they come from. 3
  • countable noun accent An accent is a short line or other mark which is written above certain letters in some languages and which indicates the way those letters are pronounced. 3
  • singular noun accent If you put the accent on a particular feature of something, you emphasize it or give it special importance. 3
  • noun accent the characteristic mode of pronunciation of a person or group, esp one that betrays social or geographical origin 3
  • noun accent the relative prominence of a spoken or sung syllable, esp with regard to stress or pitch 3
  • noun accent a mark (such as ˈ, ˌ, ´ or `) used in writing to indicate the stress or prominence of a syllable. Such a mark may also be used to indicate that a written syllable is to be pronounced, esp when such pronunciation is not usual, as in turnèd 3
  • noun accent any of various marks or symbols conventionally used in writing certain languages to indicate the quality of a vowel, or for some other purpose, such as differentiation of homographs 3
  • noun accent (in some languages, such as Chinese) any of the tones that have phonemic value in distinguishing one word from another 3
  • noun accent rhythmic stress in verse or prose 3
  • noun accent stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned 3
  • noun accent the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each bar 3
  • noun accent either of two superscript symbols indicating a specific unit, such as feet (′), inches (″), minutes of arc (′), or seconds of arc (″) 3
  • noun accent a distinctive characteristic of anything, such as taste, pattern, style, etc 3
  • noun accent particular attention or emphasis 3
  • noun accent a strongly contrasting detail 3
  • verb accent to mark with an accent in writing, speech, music, etc 3
  • verb accent to lay particular emphasis or stress on 3
  • noun accent the emphasis (by stress, pitch, or both) given to a particular syllable or word when it is spoken 3
  • noun accent a mark used in writing or printing to show the placing and kind of this emphasis, as in the primary (ˈ) and secondary (ˌ) accenting of English (acˈcelerˌator, ˌacaˈdemically, etc.) 3
  • noun accent a mark used to distinguish between various sounds represented by the same letter 3
  • noun accent the pitch contour of a phrase 3
  • noun accent a distinguishing regional or national manner of pronunciation 3
  • noun accent a manner of articulating the sounds of another language that is influenced by the phonology of one's native language 3
  • noun accent a voice modulation expressive of an emotion 3
  • noun accent speech; words; utterance 3
  • noun accent a distinguishing style of expression 3
  • noun accent a striking or prominent feature of any artistic composition 3
  • noun accent an object or detail that lends emphasis, as by contrast with that which surrounds it 3
  • noun accent special emphasis or attention 3
  • noun accent a mark used with a number or letter, as in mathematics to indicate a variable (a57426), or in measurement of length (10′ 5″, ten feet five inches) or of time (3′ 16″, three minutes sixteen seconds) 3
  • noun accent emphasis or stress on a note or chord 3
  • noun accent a mark or sign showing this 3
  • noun accent rhythmic stress or beat 3
  • verb transitive accent to pronounce (a syllable, word, or phrase) with special stress 3
  • verb transitive accent to mark with an accent 3
  • verb transitive accent to emphasize 3
  • noun Technical meaning of accent (language)   A very high level interpreted language from CaseWare, Inc. with strings and tables. It is strongly typed and has remote function calls. 1
  • noun accent prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, or of pitch, or length, or of a combination of these. 1
  • noun accent degree of prominence of a syllable within a word and sometimes of a word within a phrase: primary accent; secondary accent. 1
  • noun accent a mark indicating stress (as (·, ·), or (ˈ, ˌ), or (′, ″)), vowel quality (as French grave `, acute ´, circumflex ^, ), form (as French la “the” versus là “there”), or pitch. 1
  • noun accent any similar mark. 1
  • noun accent Prosody. regularly recurring stress. a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value. 1
  • noun accent a musical tone or pattern of pitch inherent in a particular language either as a feature essential to the identification of a vowel or a syllable or to the general acoustic character of the language. Compare tone (def 7). 1
  • noun accent Often, accents. the unique speech patterns, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual: We recognized his accents immediately. She corrected me in her usual mild accents. the distinctive style or tone characteristic of an author, composer, etc.: the unmistakably Brahmsian accents of the sonata; She recognized the familiar accents of Robert Frost in the poem. 1
  • noun accent a mode of pronunciation, as pitch or tone, emphasis pattern, or intonation, characteristic of or peculiar to the speech of a particular person, group, or locality: French accent; Southern accent. Compare tone (def 5). 1
  • noun accent such a mode of pronunciation recognized as being of foreign origin: He still speaks with an accent. 1
  • noun accent Music. a stress or emphasis given to certain notes. a mark noting this. stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm. 1
  • noun accent Mathematics. a symbol used to distinguish similar 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). a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (′) or inches (″), minutes (′) or seconds (″). 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. 1
  • noun accent words or tones expressive of some emotion. 1
  • noun accent accents, words; language; speech: He spoke in accents bold. 1
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