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Definition of the adjective accentual

What does accentual mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. of or pertaining to accent or stress
  2. (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity
    • examples: accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line | accentual rhythm
    • antonyms: syllabic; quantitative

Alternative definition of the adjective accentual


  1. Of or pertaining to accent; characterized or formed by accent.

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Google previewPoetry Dictionary (2006)

by John Drury

ACCENTUAL METER (ak-sen'-choo-ul) A rhythmic pattern based on a recurring number of accents (or stresses) in each line of a poem or section of a poem. In ' accentual-syllabic meter, some weak syllables may be accented, however slightly, ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

accentual verse 3 performed in Latin, though sometimes in the VERNACULAR. The earliest surviving COMEDY in English was written by a schoolmaster called Nicholas Udall, and was probably performed by pupils of Westminster school.

Google previewLinguistics Encyclopedia (2004)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

Accent inalanguage functions contrastively by bringing into prominence one, andonlyone,syllable inwhat iscalled an accentual unit. Since an accentual unitisin many languages(e.g.Polish, Spanish,Russian, Italian) what is commonly referred ...

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012)

by Roland Greene, Stephen Cushman, Clare Cavanagh, Jahan Ramazani, Paul F. Rouzer, Harris Feinsod, David Marno, Alexandra Slessarev

Accentual Imitations. Although mod. scholarship has for the most part held the view that Lat. verse should be ...

Google previewThe Spenser Encyclopedia (1990)

by Albert Charles Hamilton

The main 'polisher' was Surrey, who produced melodiously varied lines on a solid accentual-syllabic foundation which was to be the norm of English verse for the next three centuries. Isolated earlier poets had produced regular accentual ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England (2013)

by Michael Lapidge, John Blair, Simon Keynes, Donald Scragg

OldEnglish is mostcloselyrelatedto the varietyknownas Old Frisian,and bothdialectshave accentual features in common which distinguish them from the other West Germanic languages, like High German and Dutch; cf.Old English dæg.

Google previewDictionary of English Language Exhibiting Orthography, Pronunciation and Definition of Words (1861)

by Arnold James Cooley

it The last three accentual marks ("□'), tis employed in French, denote a difference in the pronunciation of the vowels, irrespective of accent, in the common sense of the word ; the modifications of the vowel ...

Google previewThe Harvard Dictionary of Music (2003)

by Don Michael Randel

As may be seen from several of the foregoing con- tinua, rhythm is necessarily a part of the pitch and tex- tural aspects of music as well, and one can speak of durational rhythm, accentual rhythm, textural rhythm, harmonic rhythm, melodic ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

The accentual marks are said to have been invented by a famous grammarian, Aristophanes of Byzantium, keeper of the Alexandrian library under Ptolemy Philopater, and Epiphanes, who was the first likewise who is supposed to have ...

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Accentual Meaning

Video shows what accentual means. Of or pertaining to accent; characterized or formed by accent.. Designating verse rhythms based on stress accents..

Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1N1T1U1A1L1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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