accent


accent
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 emphasis (by stress, pitch, or both) given to a particular syllable or word when it is spoken
2. a mark used in writing or printing to show the placing and kind of this emphasis, as in the primary (ʹ) and secondary (′) accenting of English (ac·celʹer·ator, aca·demʹi·cal·ly, etc.)
3. a mark used to distinguish between various sounds represented by the same letter [in French there are acute (´), grave (ˋ), and circumflex (^) accents]
4. the pitch contour of a phrase
5.
a) a distinguishing regional or national manner of pronunciation [Irish accent, Southern accent]
b) a manner of articulating the sounds of another language that is influenced by the phonology of one's native language [speaking Russian with a heavy Midwestern American accent]
6. [often pl.] a voice modulation expressive of an emotion [accents of love]
7. [pl.] Old Poet. speech; words; utterance [in accents mild]
8. a distinguishing style of expression
9. a striking or prominent feature of any artistic composition [the classical accent of a pillar]
10. an object or detail that lends emphasis, as by contrast with that which surrounds it
11. special emphasis or attention [to put the accent on highway construction]
12. a mark used with a number or letter, as in mathematics to indicate a variable (a′), or in measurement of length (10′ 5″, ten feet five inches) or of time (3′ 16″, three minutes sixteen seconds)
13. Music
a) emphasis or stress on a note or chord
b) a mark or sign showing this
14. Music Prosody rhythmic stress or beat
vt.
1. to pronounce (a syllable, word, or phrase) with special stress
2. to mark with an accent
3. to emphasize

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  • accent — [ aksɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1265; lat. accentus I ♦ 1 ♦ Augmentation d intensité de la voix sur un son, dans la parole (accent d intensité dit à tort accent tonique, les deux accents étant difficiles à distinguer en latin). Mus. Mise en relief d un point… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • accent — ACCÉNT, accente, s.n. 1. Pronunţare mai intensă, pe un ton mai înalt etc. a unei silabe dintr un cuvânt sau a unui cuvânt dintr un grup sintactic. ♦ Semn grafic pus de obicei deasupra unei vocale pentru a marca această pronunţare sau altă… …   Dicționar Român

  • accent — ACCENT. s. m. Infléxion de la voix, maniére de prononcer. Il n a point de mauvais accent. on connoist à son accent de quelle Province il est. accent Normand. accent Gascon. On dit poëtiquement. Les accens de la voix. tristes accens. accens… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • accent — 1. The noun is stressed on the first syllable and the verb (meaning ‘to lay stress on, to emphasize’ in various senses) on the second. 2. In general use, an accent is ‘individual, local, or national mode of pronunciation’, as in a Scottish accent …   Modern English usage

  • accent — Accent. m. Est pur Latin, et signifie l elevation, ou rabbaissement, ou contour de la voix en prononçant quelque diction, Accentus, et consequemment signifie les virgules et marques apposées aux mots indicans les endroits d iceux où il faut… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accent — may refer to:peech and language* Accent (linguistics), pronunciation common to a certain language dialect * Stress (linguistics), tone levels and emphasis used in many languages to provide information when using the language * Stress (phonology)… …   Wikipedia

  • Accent — (v. lat.), 1) Hebung u. Senkung der Laute durch die Stimme; entweder von mechanischen od. oratorischen Ursachen herrührend, u. daher grammatischer od. Wort , u. oratorischer od. Rede A.; 2) Zeichen dieser Betonung. Der grammatische od. Wort A.,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Accent — Ac*cent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accenting}.] [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.] [1913 Webster] 1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accent — wird in folgenden Zusammenhängen verwendet: französisches Wort für das Akzentzeichen Accent, ehemalige niederländische politische Wochenzeitschrift ein Automodell, siehe Hyundai Accent Siehe auch: Akzent …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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