Grave-accent meaning

grāv, gräv
A mark (`) indicating a pronounced e for the sake of meter in the usually nonsyllabic ending -ed in English poetry.
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A similar mark used in various languages as an indication of vowel quality or quantity.
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A similar mark used, as in transliteration of Chinese, to indicate that a syllable has a falling pitch.
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A mark (`) used to indicate:
  • The quality or length of a vowel, as in French chère.
  • In French, a distinction in meaning, as in , “where” and ou, “or”
  • Secondary stress as in týpewrìter.
  • Full pronunciation of a syllable normally elided in speech, as in lovèd.
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(countable) A diacritic mark (ˋ) used in many languages to distinguish the pronunciations of vowels.
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