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English definition of “stress mark”

stress mark

noun [C] uk   us  
a short vertical line that, when the pronunciation of a word is being shown, is printed before the syllable that receives the most stress or the second most stress in the word: Stress marks above the line indicate primary stress, while those below the line show secondary stress.Punctuation
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