Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
) A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.
2. (n.) A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.
3. (n.) Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
4. (n.) A word; a significant tone
5. (n.) expressions in general; speech.
6. (n.) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
7. (n.) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
8. (n.) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
9. (n.) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
10. (n.) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
11. (n.) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''.
12. (n.) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds.
13. (n.) A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
14. (v. t.) To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
15. (v. t.) To mark emphatically; to emphasize.