accent mark

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accent mark (plural accent marks)

  1. (linguistics) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
    The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent mark.
  2. (music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note.
  3. (music) A mark placed after a letter designating a note of music to indicate the octave in which it occurs.
  4. (mathematics) 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''.
  5. (geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in 12' 27'', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
  6. (engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in 6' 10'', meaning six feet ten inches.