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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
References in classic literature ?
I was surprised at the profoundly grave accent with which my young friend pronounced the last words.
The acute and grave accents were used indiscriminately on the first "e" in the word "venerie" There are "nine" not "none" regions in France.
It's often nice to think we are mutating properly, or that we can use our apostrophes correctly in English, or that we know where to place our acute and grave accents in French, but the important thing with Welsh is to speak it as and when you can - that is all that speakers of the other languages do - and they seem to be quite healthy!