Definitions of accent

  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.
  3. To express the emphatic syllable in ( a word) by stress or modulation of the voice; mark a stressed syllable by a sign; emphasize, as a passage of music.
  4. To express or note the accent.
  5. To express or mark accent.
  6. To speak, write, or print with an accent; emphasize.
  7. To express or note the accent; to utter.
  8. distinctive manner of oral expression; " he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; " she had a very clear speech pattern"
  9. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note ( especially with regard to stress or pitch); " he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
  10. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
  11. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.
  12. 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 accent; ( b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.
  13. 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.
  14. A word; a significant tone
  15. expressions in general; speech.
  16. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  17. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  18. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  19. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  20. 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''.
  21. A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds.
  22. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
  23. The stress laid by the voice upon a particular syllable of a word; a mark or character used in writing and printing to show the proper pronunciation of a word; a peculiarity of utterance characterizing the language of a certain part of a country or the speech of foreigners; musical emphasis.
  24. Modulation of the voice: stress on a syllable or word: a mark used to direct this stress: in poetry, language, words, or expressions in general.
  25. Modulation or stress of voice; mark denoting these.
  26. A stress of voice on a syllable of a word, or a mark used to indicate such stress known as primary ( ') and secondary (").
  27. A particular stress of voice upon a syllable or word; a mark used in writing to direct the stress of the voice in pronunciation; a modulation of the voice expressive of certain passions or sentiments; words, language, or expressions in general.