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A stress produced by a change, especially a rise, in pitch as distinguished from increased volume. Also called pitch accent.
1. (Classical Music) emphasis imparted to a note by virtue of its having a higher pitch, rather than greater stress or long duration relative to other notes
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) another term for pitch accent
prominence given to a syllable in speaking, usu. due to a change, esp. a rise, in pitch.