grave accent

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grave accent

 (grāv, gräv)
n.
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.

grave′ ac′cent

(greɪv, grɑv)
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grave accent - a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
accent mark, accent - a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
Translations
accent grave
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Fields plays a character named Egbert Souse ("with an accent grave over the 'e'[ldots]") who has an unusual filing system: apparently totally random piles of paper on his desk--a situation much like that of a modern corporation, with information almost randomly dispersed throughout many different information systems.
110), caramella (sweet, toffee, candy; 112), Farmacia (chemist's shop, drugstore; 120), Tavola calda (snack bar [in roman type]; 120), agenzia (branch of a bank; 124), Stella (Star, the name of a newspaper; 133), tribu (tribe [should have an accent grave, tribu; 133), Buona sera