from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mark ( ` ) indicating a pronounced e for the sake of meter in the usually nonsyllabic ending -ed in English poetry.
  • noun A similar mark used in various languages as an indication of vowel quality or quantity.
  • noun A similar mark used, as in transliteration of Chinese, to indicate that a syllable has a falling pitch.

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  • noun countable A diacritic mark ( ˋ ) used in many languages to distinguish the pronunciations of vowels.

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  • noun a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation


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