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 for accent
From 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.
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     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.
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     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
            accent;
        (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel
            marked; as, the French accents.
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     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.
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     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.
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              The tender accent of a woman's cry.   --Prior.
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     4. A word; a significant tone; (pl.) expressions in general;
        speech.
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              Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear,
              Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear. --Dryden.
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     5. (Pros.) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
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     6. (Mus.)
        (a) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the
            beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the
            measure.
        (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.
            S. Dwight.
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     7. (Math.)
        (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
            seconds.
        (c) (Engin.) A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6'
            10[sec] is six feet ten inches.
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From 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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a
        mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
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     2. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  accent
      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:
         emphasis, accent]
      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,
         accent]
      5: a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a
         vowel to indicate a special pronunciation [syn: accent,
         accent mark]
      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,
           accentuate]
      2: put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent
         the last syllable of each word" [syn: stress, accent,
         accentuate]

From 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
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Accent
  
      A very high level interpreted language from
     CaseWare, Inc. with strings and tables.  It is strongly
     typed and has remote function calls.
  
     (1994-11-08)
  

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