macron definition

  • noun:
    • A diacritical mark placed above a vowel to point a lengthy noise or phonetic price in pronunciation, particularly (ā) within the term make.
    • The horizontal mark ( ¯ ) accustomed indicate a stressed or long syllable in a foot of verse.
    • A short, straight, horizontal diacritical mark (¯) placed over any of various letters. It usually is used to indicate that the pronunciation of the vowel is long, in Mandarin pinyin (Chinese), it indicates the first tone, e.g. chūzūchē.
    • A short, straight, horizontal level [-], put over vowels to denote that they are to-be pronounced with a lengthy noise; as, ā, in dāme; ē, in sēam, etc.
    • In grammar, a short horizontal line put over a vowel to show that it's long in volume, or, as in English, features a “long” sojnd: in opposition to the breve, or level of a brief vowel.
    • a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long noise

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