[syn: stress, accent, accentuate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Accent \Ac"cent`\, n. [F. accent, L. accentus; ad + cantus a
singing, canere to sing. See Cant.]
1. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon
some particular syllable of a word or a phrase,
distinguishing it from the others.
Note: Many English words have two accents, the primary and
the secondary; the primary being uttered with a greater
stress of voice than the secondary; as in
as'pira[bprime]tion, where the chief stress is on the
third syllable, and a slighter stress on the first.
Some words, as an'tiap'o-plec[bprime]tic,
in-com'pre-hen'si-bil[bprime]i-ty, have two secondary
accents. See Guide to Pron., [sect][sect] 30-46.
2. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to
regulate the pronunciation; esp.:
(a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken
(b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel
marked; as, the French accents.
Note: In the ancient Greek the acute accent (') meant a
raised tone or pitch, the grave (`), the level tone or
simply the negation of accent, the circumflex ( ~ or ^)
a tone raised and then depressed. In works on
elocution, the first is often used to denote the rising
inflection of the voice; the second, the falling
inflection; and the third (^), the compound or waving
inflection. In dictionaries, spelling books, and the
like, the acute accent is used to designate the
syllable which receives the chief stress of voice.
3. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or
pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of
the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a
German accent. "Beguiled you in a plain accent." --Shak.
"A perfect accent." --Thackeray.
The tender accent of a woman's cry. --Prior.
4. A word; a significant tone; (pl.) expressions in general;
Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear,
Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear. --Dryden.
5. (Pros.) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
(a) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the
beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the
(b) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part
of the measure.
(c) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and
sections of a period.
(d) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage. --J.
(a) 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[sec].
(b) (Trigon.) A mark at the right hand of a number,
indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as,
12'27[sec], i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven
(c) (Engin.) A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6'
10[sec] is six feet ten inches.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Accent \Ac*cent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accented; p. pr. & vb.
n. Accenting.] [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.]
1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a
mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
2. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: distinctive manner of oral expression; "he couldn't
suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear
speech pattern" [syn: accent, speech pattern]
2: special importance or significance; "the red light gave the
central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated
in shades of grey with distinctive red accents" [syn:
3: the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific
group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of
English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said
that a language is a dialect with an army and navy" [syn:
dialect, idiom, accent]
4: the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note
(especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the
stress on the wrong syllable" [syn: stress, emphasis,
5: a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a
vowel to indicate a special pronunciation [syn: accent,
v 1: to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes
exercise in addition to a change in diet" [syn: stress,
emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent,
2: put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent
the last syllable of each word" [syn: stress, accent,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
211 Moby Thesaurus words for "accent":
Alexandrine, accent mark, accents, accentuate, accentuation,
amphibrach, amphimacer, anacrusis, anapest, antispast, arsis,
articulation, bacchius, bar, beat, belabor, broad accent, brogue,
burr, cadence, caesura, cancel, catalexis, character, chatter,
chloriamb, chloriambus, colon, comment, concern, concernment,
consequence, consequentiality, consideration, conversation,
counterpoint, cretic, custos, dactyl, dactylic hexameter,
diacritical mark, diaeresis, dimeter, dipody, direct, discourse,
distinguish, dochmiac, dot, drawl, dwell on, elegiac,
elegiac couplet, elegiac pentameter, elocution, emphasis,
emphasize, epitrite, excellence, expression mark, feminine caesura,
fermata, foot, force, gab, give emphasis to, grammatical accent,
harp on, heptameter, heptapody, heroic couplet, hexameter,
hexapody, high order, high rank, highlight, hold, iamb, iambic,
iambic pentameter, ictus, import, importance, inflection,
intensity, interest, intonation, intonation pattern, ionic,
italicize, jingle, key signature, language, lead, level of stress,
ligature, lilt, mark, masculine caesura, materiality, measure,
merit, meter, metrical accent, metrical foot, metrical group,
metrical unit, metrics, metron, metronomic mark, molossus, moment,
mora, movement, notation, note, numbers, oral communication,
overaccentuate, overemphasize, overstress, paeon, palaver,
paramountcy, parole, pause, pentameter, pentapody, period,
pitch accent, place emphasis on, point up, prattle, precedence,
preeminence, presa, primacy, primary stress, priority,
proceleusmatic, prominence, pronunciation, prosodics, prosody,
pulsation, pulse, punctuate, pyrrhic, quantity, rapping,
regional accent, rhetorical accent, rhythm, rhythmic pattern,
rhythmical accent, rhythmical stress, rub in, secondary stress,
segno, self-importance, set apart, set off, sign, signature,
significance, slur, speaking, speech, spondee, spotlight,
sprung rhythm, star, stress, stress accent, stress arsis,
stress pattern, superiority, supremacy, swell, swing, symbol,
syzygy, talk, talking, tempo mark, tertiary stress, tetrameter,
tetrapody, tetraseme, thesis, throb, tie, time signature, tone,
tone accent, tribrach, trimeter, tripody, triseme, trochee, twang,
underline, underscore, value, vinculum, weak stress, weight, words,
worth, yakkety-yak, yakking
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