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Accourt (-kōrt") transitive verb [ Ac- , for Latin ad . See Court .] To treat courteously; to court. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Accouter, Accoutre (ăk*kō"tẽr) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accoutered or Accoutred (-tẽrd); present participle & verbal noun Accoutering or Accoutring .] [ French accouter , Old French accoutrer , accoustrer ; à (L. ad ) + perhaps Late Latin custor , for custos guardian, sacristan (cf. Custody ), or perhaps akin to English guilt .] To furnish with dress, or equipments, esp. those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array.

Both accoutered like young men.
Shak.

For this, in rags accoutered are they seen.
Dryden.

Accoutered with his burden and his staff.
Wordsworth.

Accouterments, Accoutrements noun plural [ French accoutrement , earlier also accoustrement , earlier also accoustrement . See Accouter .] Dress; trappings; equipment; specifically, the devices and equipments worn by soldiers.

How gay with all the accouterments of war!
A. Philips.

Accoy (ăk*koi") transitive verb [ Old French acoyer ; ac- , for Latin ad . See Coy .]
1. To render quiet; to soothe. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. To subdue; to tame; to daunt. [ Obsolete]

Then is your careless courage accoyed .
Spenser.

Accredit (ăk*krĕd"ĭt) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accredited ; present participle & verbal noun Accrediting .] [ French accréditer ; à (L. ad ) + crédit credit. See Credit .]
1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.

His censure will . . . accredit his praises.
Cowper.

These reasons . . . which accredit and fortify mine opinion.
Shelton.

2. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.

Beton . . . was accredited to the Court of France.
Froude.

3. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.

The version of early Roman history which was accredited in the fifth century.
Sir G. C. Lewis.

He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions and witchcraft.
Southey.

4. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one.

To accredit (one) with (something), to attribute something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these views; they accredit him with a wise saying.

Accreditation noun The act of accrediting; as, letters of accreditation .

Accrementitial adjective (Physiol.) Pertaining to accremention.

Accrementition noun [ See Accresce , Increment .] (Physiol.) The process of generation by development of blastema, or fission of cells, in which the new formation is in all respect like the individual from which it proceeds.

Accresce intransitive verb [ Latin accrescere . See Accrue .]
1. To accrue. [ R.]

2. To increase; to grow. [ Obsolete] Gillespie.

Accrescence noun [ Late Latin accrescentia .] Continuous growth; an accretion. [ R.]

The silent accrescence of belief from the unwatched depositions of a general, never contradicted hearsy.
Coleridge.

Accrescent adjective [ Latin accrescens , -entis , present participle of accrescere ; ad + crescere to grow. See Crescent .]


1. Growing; increasing. Shuckford.

2. (Botany) Growing larger after flowering. Gray.

Accrete intransitive verb [ From Latin accretus , past participle of accrescere to increase.]
1. To grow together.

2. To adhere; to grow (to); to be added; -- with to .

Accrete transitive verb To make adhere; to add. Earle.

Accrete adjective
1. Characterized by accretion; made up; as, accrete matter.

2. (Botany) Grown together. Gray.

Accretion noun [ Latin accretio , from accrescere to increase. Confer Crescent , Increase , Accrue .]


1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth. Arbuthnot.

2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.

A mineral . . . augments not by grown, but by accretion .
Owen.

To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion .
Sir G. C. Lewis.

3. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass.

4. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers toes. Dana.

5. (Law) (a) The adhering of property to something else, by which the owner of one thing becomes possessed of a right to another; generally, gain of land by the washing up of sand or sail from the sea or a river, or by a gradual recession of the water from the usual watermark. (b) Gain to an heir or legatee, failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co- legatee of the same thing, to take his share. Wharton. Kent.

Accretive adjective Relating to accretion; increasing, or adding to, by growth. Glanvill.

Accriminate transitive verb [ Latin ac- (for ad to) + criminari .] To accuse of a crime. [ Obsolete] -- Ac*crim`i*na"tion noun [ Obsolete]

Accroach transitive verb [ Middle English acrochen , accrochen , to obtain, Old French acrochier , French accrocher ; à (L. ad ) + croc hook (E. crook ).]
1. To hook, or draw to one's self as with a hook. [ Obsolete]

2. To usurp, as jurisdiction or royal prerogatives.

They had attempted to accroach to themselves royal power.
Stubbs.

Accroachment (-m e nt) noun [ Confer French accrochement .] An encroachment; usurpation. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Accrual noun Accrument. [ R.]

Accrue (ăk*kru") intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accrued ; present participle & verbal noun Accruing .] [ See Accrue , noun , and cf . Accresce , Accrete .]
1. To increase; to augment.

And though power failed, her courage did accrue .
Spenser.

2. To come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent. "Interest accrues to principal." Abbott.

The great and essential advantages accruing to society from the freedom of the press.
Junius.

Accrue noun [ French accrû , Old French acreü , past participle of accroitre , Old French acroistre to increase; Latin ad + crescere to increase. Confer Accretion , Crew . See Crescent .] Something that accrues; advantage accruing. [ Obsolete]

Accruer (ăk*kru"ẽr) noun (Law) The act of accruing; accretion; as, title by accruer .

Accrument (-m e nt) noun The process of accruing, or that which has accrued; increase. Jer. Taylor.

Accubation noun [ Latin accubatio , for accubitio , from accubare to recline; ad + cubare to lie down. See Accumb .] The act or posture of reclining on a couch, as practiced by the ancients at meals.

Accumb (ăk*kŭmb") intransitive verb [ Latin accumbere ; ad + cumbere (only in compounds) to lie down.] To recline, as at table. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Accumbency (ăk*kŭm"b e n*sȳ) noun The state of being accumbent or reclining. [ R.]

Accumbent (-b e nt) adjective
1. Leaning or reclining, as the ancients did at their meals.

The Roman . . . accumbent posture in eating.
Arbuthnot.

2. (Botany) Lying against anything, as one part of a leaf against another leaf. Gray.

Accumbent cotyledons have their edges placed against the caulicle.
Eaton.

Accumbent noun One who reclines at table.

Accumber (-bẽr) transitive verb To encumber. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Accumulate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accumulated ; present participle & verbal noun Accumulating .] [ Latin accumulatus , past participle of accumulare ; ad + cumulare to heap. See Cumulate .] To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money.

Syn. -- To collect; pile up; store; amass; gather; aggregate; heap together; hoard.

Accumulate (ăk*kū"mu*lāt) intransitive verb To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates , and men decay.
Goldsmith.

Accumulate (-lat) adjective [ Latin accumulatus , past participle of accumulare .] Collected; accumulated. Bacon.

Accumulation noun [ Latin accumulatio ; confer French accumulation .]
1. The act of accumulating, the state of being accumulated, or that which is accumulated; as, an accumulation of earth, of sand, of evils, of wealth, of honors.

2. (Law) The concurrence of several titles to the same proof.

Accumulation of energy or power , the storing of energy by means of weights lifted or masses put in motion; electricity stored. -- An accumulation of degrees (Eng. Univ.) , the taking of several together, or at smaller intervals than usual or than is allowed by the rules.

Accumulative adjective Characterized by accumulation; serving to collect or amass; cumulative; additional. -- Ac*cu"mu*la*tive*ly , adverb -- Ac*cu"mu*la*tive*ness , noun

Accumulator noun [ Latin ]
1. One who, or that which, accumulates, collects, or amasses.

2. (Mech.) An apparatus by means of which energy or power can be stored, such as the cylinder or tank for storing water for hydraulic elevators, the secondary or storage battery used for accumulating the energy of electrical charges, etc.

3. A system of elastic springs for relieving the strain upon a rope, as in deep-sea dredging.

Accuracy (#; 277) noun [ See Accurate .] The state of being accurate; freedom from mistakes, this exemption arising from carefulness; exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; precision; exactness; nicety; correctness; as, the value of testimony depends on its accuracy .

The professed end [ of logic] is to teach men to think, to judge, and to reason, with precision and accuracy .
Reid.

The accuracy with which the piston fits the sides.
Lardner.

Accurate adjective [ Latin accuratus , past participle and adjective , from accurare to take care of; ad + curare to take care, cura care. See Cure .]
1. In exact or careful conformity to truth, or to some standard of requirement, the result of care or pains; free from failure, error, or defect; exact; as, an accurate calculator; an accurate measure; accurate expression, knowledge, etc.

2. Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful. [ Obsolete]

Those conceive the celestial bodies have more accurate influences upon these things below.
Bacon.

Syn. -- Correct; exact; just; nice; particular. -- Accurate , Correct , Exact , Precise . We speak of a thing as correct with reference to some rule or standard of comparison; as, a correct account, a correct likeness, a man of correct deportment. We speak of a thing as accurate with reference to the care bestowed upon its execution, and the increased correctness to be expected therefrom; as, an accurate statement, an accurate detail of particulars. We speak of a thing as exact with reference to that perfected state of a thing in which there is no defect and no redundance; as, an exact coincidence, the exact truth, an exact likeness. We speak of a thing as precise when we think of it as strictly conformed to some rule or model, as if cut down thereto; as a precise conformity instructions; precisely right; he was very precise in giving his directions.

Accurately adverb In an accurate manner; exactly; precisely; without error or defect.

Accurateness noun The state or quality of being accurate; accuracy; exactness; nicety; precision.

Accurse transitive verb [ Middle English acursien , acorsien ; prefix a + cursien to curse. See Curse .] To devote to destruction; to imprecate misery or evil upon; to curse; to execrate; to anathematize.

And the city shall be accursed .
Josh. vi. 17.

Thro' you, my life will be accurst .
Tennyson.

Accursed, Accurst past participle & adjective Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; hence, bad enough to be under the curse; execrable; detestable; exceedingly hateful; - - as, an accursed deed. Shak. -- Ac*curs"ed*ly , adverb -- Ac*curs"ed*ness , noun

Accusable adjective [ Latin accusabilis : confer French accusable .] Liable to be accused or censured; chargeable with a crime or fault; blamable; -- with of .

Accusal noun Accusation. [ R.] Byron.

Accusant noun [ Latin accusans , present participle of accusare : confer French accusant .] An accuser. Bp. Hall.

Accusation noun [ Old French acusation , French accusation , Latin accusatio , from accusare . See Accuse .]


1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense.

We come not by the way of accusation
To taint that honor every good tongue blesses.
Shak.

2. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge.

[ They] set up over his head his accusation .
Matt. xxvii. 37.

Syn. -- Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge.

Accusatival adjective Pertaining to the accusative case.

Accusative adjective [ French accusatif , Latin accusativus (in sense 2), from accusare . See Accuse .]


1. Producing accusations; accusatory. "This hath been a very accusative age." Sir E. Dering.

2. (Gram.) Applied to the case (as the fourth case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses the immediate object on which the action or influence of a transitive verb terminates, or the immediate object of motion or tendency to, expressed by a preposition. It corresponds to the objective case in English.

Accusative noun (Gram.) The accusative case.

Accusatively adverb
1. In an accusative manner.

2. In relation to the accusative case in grammar.