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 languagesto distinguish the pronunciationsof vowels.
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- noun a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
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