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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See tonic accent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A term of convenience for a variety of restricted tone systems that use variations in pitch to give prominence to a syllable or mora within a word. The placement of this tone or the way it is realized can give different meanings to otherwise similar words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness


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