Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Accentor noun [ Latin ad . + cantor singer, canere to sing.]
1. (Mus.) One who sings the leading part; the director or leader. [ Obsolete]

2. (Zoology) A genus of European birds (so named from their sweet notes), including the hedge warbler. In America sometimes applied to the water thrushes.

Accentuable adjective Capable of being accented.

Accentual adjective Of or pertaining to accent; characterized or formed by accent.

Accentuality noun The quality of being accentual.

Accentually adverb In an accentual manner; in accordance with accent.

Accentuate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accentuated ; present participle & verbal noun Accentuating .] [ Late Latin accentuatus , past participle of accentuare , from Latin accentus : confer French accentuer .]
1. To pronounce with an accent or with accents.

2. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.

In Bosnia, the struggle between East and West was even more accentuated .
London Times.

3. To mark with the written accent.

Accentuation noun [ Late Latin accentuatio : confer French accentuation .] Act of accentuating; applications of accent. Specifically (Eccles. Mus.) , pitch or modulation of the voice in reciting portions of the liturgy.

Accept (ăk*sĕpt") transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accepted ; present participle & verbal noun Accepting .] [ French accepter , Latin acceptare , freq. of accipere ; ad + capere to take; akin to English heave .]


1. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); as, to accept a gift; -- often followed by of .

If you accept them, then their worth is great.
Shak.

To accept of ransom for my son.
Milton.

She accepted of a treat.
Addison.

2. To receive with favor; to approve.

The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
Ps. xx. 3.

Peradventure he will accept of me.
Gen. xxxii. 20.

3. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.

4. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted ?

5. (Com.) To receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, to accept a bill of exchange. Bouvier.

6. In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed; as, to accept the report of a committee. [ This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.]

To accept a bill (Law) , to agree (on the part of the drawee) to pay it when due. -- To accept service (Law) , to agree that a writ or process shall be considered as regularly served, when it has not been. -- To accept the person (Eccl.) , to show favoritism. "God accepteth no man's person ." Gal. ii. 6.

Syn. -- To receive; take; admit. See Receive .

Accept adjective Accepted. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Acceptability noun [ Late Latin acceptabilitas .] The quality of being acceptable; acceptableness. " Acceptability of repentance." Jer. Taylor.

Acceptable (-sĕpt"ȧ*b'l; 277) adjective [ French acceptable , Latin acceptabilis , from acceptare .] Capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present, one acceptable to us.

Acceptableness (ăk*sĕpt"ȧ*b'l*nĕs) noun The quality of being acceptable, or suitable to be favorably received; acceptability.

Acceptably adverb In an acceptable manner; in a manner to please or give satisfaction.

Acceptance noun
1. The act of accepting; a receiving what is offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; esp., favorable reception; approval; as, the acceptance of a gift, office, doctrine, etc.

They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar.
Isa. lx. 7.

2. State of being accepted; acceptableness. "Makes it assured of acceptance ." Shak.

3. (Com.) (a) An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn, to pay it when due according to the terms of the acceptance. (b) The bill itself when accepted.

4. An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.

5. (Law) An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.

» What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty. Mozley & W.

» In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved.

Acceptance of a bill of exchange , check , draft , or order , is an engagement to pay it according to the terms. This engagement is usually made by writing the word "accepted" across the face of the bill. Acceptance of goods , under the statute of frauds, is an intelligent acceptance by a party knowing the nature of the transaction.

6. Meaning; acceptation. [ Obsolete]

Acceptance of persons , partiality, favoritism. See under Accept .

Acceptancy noun Acceptance. [ R.]

Here's a proof of gift,
But here's no proof, sir, of acceptancy .
Mrs. Browning.

Acceptant adjective Accepting; receiving.

Acceptant noun An accepter. Chapman.

Acceptation noun
1. Acceptance; reception; favorable reception or regard; state of being acceptable. [ Obsolete]

This is saying worthy of all acceptation .
1 Tim. i. 15.

Some things . . . are notwithstanding of so great dignity and acceptation with God.
Hooker.

2. The meaning in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received; as, term is to be used according to its usual acceptation .

My words, in common acceptation ,
Could never give this provocation.
Gay.

Acceptedly adverb In a accepted manner; admittedly.

Accepter noun
1. A person who accepts; a taker.

2. A respecter; a viewer with partiality. [ Obsolete]

God is no accepter of persons.
Chillingworth.

3. (Law) An acceptor.

Acceptilation noun [ Latin acceptilatio entry of a debt collected, acquittance, from past participle of accipere (cf. Accept ) + latio a carrying, from latus , past participle of ferre to carry: confer French acceptilation .] (Civil Law) Gratuitous discharge; a release from debt or obligation without payment; free remission.

Acception noun [ Latin acceptio a receiving, accepting: confer French acception .] Acceptation; the received meaning. [ Obsolete]

Here the word "baron" is not to be taken in that restrictive sense to which the modern acception hath confined it.
Fuller.

Acception of persons or faces (Eccl.) , favoritism; partiality. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.

Acceptive adjective
1. Fit for acceptance.

2. Ready to accept. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Acceptor (#; 277) noun [ Latin ] One who accepts ; specifically (Law & Com.) , one who accepts an order or a bill of exchange; a drawee after he has accepted.

Access (#; 277) noun [ French accès , Latin accessus , from accedere . See Accede .]
1. A coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility; as, to gain access to a prince.

I did repel his letters, and denied
His access to me.
Shak.

2. The means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way; as, the access is by a neck of land. "All access was thronged." Milton.

3. Admission to sexual intercourse.

During coverture, access of the husband shall be presumed, unless the contrary be shown.
Blackstone.

4. Increase by something added; addition; as, an access of territory. [ In this sense accession is more generally used.]

I, from the influence of thy looks, receive
Access in every virtue.
Milton.

5. An onset, attack, or fit of disease.

The first access looked like an apoplexy.
Burnet.

6. A paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst; as, an access of fury. [ A Gallicism]

Accessarily adverb In the manner of an accessary.

Accessariness noun The state of being accessary.

Accessary (#; 277) adjective Accompanying, as a subordinate; additional; accessory; esp., uniting in, or contributing to, a crime, but not as chief actor. See Accessory .

To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary .
Shak.

Amongst many secondary and accessary causes that support monarchy, these are not of least reckoning.
Milton.

Accessary -277 noun ; plural Accessaries [ Confer Accessory and Late Latin accessarius .] (Law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission o
Accessibility noun [ Latin accessibilitas : confer French accessibilité .] The quality of being accessible, or of admitting approach; receptibility. Langhorne.

Accessible adjective [ Latin accessibilis , from accedere : confer French accessible . See Accede .]
1. Easy of access or approach; approachable; as, an accessible town or mountain, an accessible person.

2. Open to the influence of; -- with to . "Minds accessible to reason." Macaulay.

3. Obtainable; to be got at.

The best information . . . at present accessible .
Macaulay.

Accessibly adverb In an accessible manner.

Accession noun [ Latin accessio , from accedere : confer French accession . See Accede .]
1. A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined; as, a king's accession to a confederacy.

2. Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation from without; as, an accession of wealth or territory.

The only accession which the Roman empire received was the province of Britain.
Gibbon.

3. (Law) (a) A mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the part or thing added, or the improvement (provided the thing is not changed into a different species). Thus, the owner of a cow becomes the owner of her calf. (b) The act by which one power becomes party to engagements already in force between other powers. Kent.

4. The act of coming to or reaching a throne, an office, or dignity; as, the accession of the house of Stuart; -- applied especially to the epoch of a new dynasty.

5. (Medicine) The invasion, approach, or commencement of a disease; a fit or paroxysm.

Syn. -- Increase; addition; augmentation; enlargement.

Accessional adjective Pertaining to accession; additional. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Accessive adjective Additional.

Accessorial adjective Of or pertaining to an accessory; as, accessorial agency, accessorial guilt.

Accessorily adverb In the manner of an accessory; auxiliary.

Accessoriness noun The state of being accessory, or connected subordinately.

Accessory (#; 277) adjective [ Latin accessorius . See Access , and confer Accessary .] Accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; additional; connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or contributory; said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.

» Ash accents the antepenult; and this is not only more regular, but preferable, on account of easiness of pronunciation. Most orhoëpists place the accent on the first syllable.

Syn. -- Accompanying; contributory; auxiliary; subsidiary; subservient; additional; acceding.

Accessory noun ; plural Accessories
1. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate. "The aspect and accessories of a den of banditti." Carlyle.

2. (Law) Same as Accessary , noun

3. (Fine Arts) Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. Elmes.

Syn. -- Abettor; accomplice; ally; coadjutor. See Abettor .

Acciaccatura noun [ Italian , from acciaccare to crush.] (Mus.) A short grace note, one semitone below the note to which it is prefixed; -- used especially in organ music. Now used as equivalent to the short appoggiatura .

Accidence noun [ A corruption of Eng. accidents , plural of accident . See Accident , 2.]
1. The accidents, of inflections of words; the rudiments of grammar. Milton.

2. The rudiments of any subject. Lowell.

Accident noun [ French accident , from Latin accidens , -dentis , present participle of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence , Case .]
1. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident .

Of moving accidents by flood and field.
Shak.

Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident :
It is the very place God meant for thee.
Trench.

2. (Gram.) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.

3. (Her.) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

4. (Log.) (a) A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute. (b) A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness , softness .

5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident .

This accident , as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea.
J. P. Mahaffy.

6. Unusual appearance or effect. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

» Accident , in Law , is equivalent to casus , or such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

Accidental adjective [ Confer French accidentel , earlier accidental .]
1. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit.

2. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play.

Accidental chords (Mus.) , those which contain one or more tones foreign to their proper harmony. -- Accidental colors (Opt.) , colors depending on the hypersensibility of the retina of the eye for complementary colors. They are purely subjective sensations of color which often result from the contemplation of actually colored bodies. -- Accidental point (Persp.) , the point in which a right line, drawn from the eye, parallel to a given right line, cuts the perspective plane; so called to distinguish it from the principal point, or point of view, where a line drawn from the eye perpendicular to the perspective plane meets this plane. -- Accidental lights (Paint.) , secondary lights; effects of light other than ordinary daylight, such as the rays of the sun darting through a cloud, or between the leaves of trees; the effect of moonlight, candlelight, or burning bodies. Fairholt.

Syn. -- Casual; fortuitous; contingent; occasional; adventitious. -- Accidental , Incidental , Casual , Fortuitous , Contingent . We speak of a thing as accidental when it falls out as by chance, and not in the regular course of things; as, an accidental meeting, an accidental advantage, etc. We call a thing incidental when it falls, as it were, into some regular course of things, but is secondary, and forms no essential part thereof; as, an incremental remark, an incidental evil, an incidental benefit. We speak of a thing as casual , when it falls out or happens, as it were, by mere chance, without being prearranged or premeditated; as, a casual remark or encounter; a casual observer. An idea of the unimportant is attached to what is casual . Fortuitous is applied to what occurs without any known cause, and in opposition to what has been foreseen; as, a fortuitous concourse of atoms. We call a thing contingent when it is such that, considered in itself, it may or may not happen, but is dependent for its existence on something else; as, the time of my coming will be contingent on intelligence yet to be received.

Accidental noun
1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.

He conceived it just that accidentals . . . should sink with the substance of the accusation.
Fuller.

2. plural (Paint.) Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.

3. (Mus.) A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.

Accidentalism noun Accidental character or effect. Ruskin.

Accidentality noun The quality of being accidental; accidentalness. [ R.] Coleridge.

Accidentally adverb In an accidental manner; unexpectedly; by chance; unintentionally; casually; fortuitously; not essentially.

Accidentalness noun The quality of being accidental; casualness.

Accidie noun [ Old French accide , accidie , Late Latin accidia , acedia , from Greek ...; 'a priv. + ... care.] Sloth; torpor. [ Obsolete] "The sin of accidie ." Chaucer.