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grave accent(grāv, gräv)
1. A mark ( ` ) indicating a pronounced e for the sake of meter in the usually nonsyllabic ending -ed in English poetry.
2. A similar mark used in various languages as an indication of vowel quality or quantity.
3. A similar mark used, as in transliteration of Chinese, to indicate that a syllable has a falling pitch.
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grave′ ac′cent(greɪv, grɑv)
a mark (`) placed over a vowel esp. to indicate that the vowel is open or lax, as French è, has distinct syllabic value, as in English belovèd, or that the vowel or the syllable it is in has secondary stress or is pronounced with a low or falling pitch.
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|Noun||1.||grave accent - a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation|
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