(Ac*cel"er*a*tive) a. Relating to acceleration; adding to velocity; quickening. Reid.
(Ac*cel"er*a`tor) n. One who, or that which, accelerates. Also as an adj.; as, accelerator
(Ac*cel"er*a*to*ry) a. Accelerative.
(Ac*cel"er*o*graph) n. [Accelerate + -graph.] (Mil.) An apparatus for studying the combustion
of powder in guns, etc.
(Ac*cel`er*om"e*ter) n. [Accelerate + -meter.] An apparatus for measuring the velocity
imparted by gunpowder.
(Ac*cend") v. t. [L. accendere, accensum, to kindle; ad + candere to kindle (only in compounds); rel.
to candere to be white, to gleam. See Candle.] To set on fire; to kindle. [Obs.] Fotherby.
(Ac*cend`i*bil"i*ty) n. Capacity of being kindled, or of becoming inflamed; inflammability.
(Ac*cend"i*ble) a. Capable of being inflamed or kindled; combustible; inflammable. Ure.
(Ac*cen"sion) n. The act of kindling or the state of being kindled; ignition. Locke.
(Ac*cen"sor) n. [LL., from p. p. accensus. See Accend.] (R. C. Ch.) One of the functionaries
who light and trim the tapers.
(Ac"cent`) n. [F. accent, L. accentus; ad + cantus a singing, canere to sing. See Cant.]
1. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase,
distinguishing it from the others.
Many English words have two accents, the primary and the secondary; the primary being uttered with
a greater stress of voice than the secondary; as in as&primepira'b6tion, where the chief stress is on the
third syllable, and a slighter stress on the first. Some words, as an&primetiap&primeo-plec'b6tic, in-
com&primepre-hen&primesi-bil'b6i-ty, have two secondary accents. See Guide to Pron., t=t= 30-46.
2. 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.
In the ancient Greek the acute accent (&prime) meant a raised tone or pitch, the grave the level tone
or simply the negation of accent, the circumflex ( ~ or ^) a tone raised and then depressed. In works
on elocution, the first is often used to denote the rising inflection of the voice; the second, the falling
inflection; and the third the compound or waving inflection. In dictionaries, spelling books, and the like,
the acute accent is used to designate the syllable which receives the chief stress of voice.
3. 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. "Beguiled you in a
plain accent." Shak. "A perfect accent." Thackeray.
The tender accent of a woman's cry.