stress mark


Definition of stress mark 

: a mark used with (as by being placed before, after, or over) a written syllable in the respelling of a word to show that this syllable is to be stressed when spoken : accent mark

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stress mark

: a mark (such as ˈ or ˌ) used to show the part of a word that should be given greater stress when it is spoken

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Kids Definition of stress mark

: a mark used to show what part or syllable of a written word should be stressed when spoken

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to reject or criticize sharply

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