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Meaning of hovering accent

hov'ering ac'cent

Pronunciation: [key]
— Pros. Pros.
  1. indeterminacy as to which of two consecutive syllables in a line of verse bears the metrical stress, as in any of the first three feet of Slow, slow, / fresh fount, / keep time / with my / salt tears.
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