Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: a courting – across
a courting, v. [OIt. corteare, reside at court; see court, v.] (webplay: brought, gentleman, great, highest, justice, kindness, love, marriage, martial, seek, sought, sovereign, space, woo, wooing).
Paying attention to each other; [prothesis] courting; a'courting.
acquaint (acquainted), v. [OFr acointe-r, make known.] (webplay: be acquainted with, make familiar, friend).
- Knowing each other; accustomed to each other; familiar with each other.
- Familiar; associating; relating through personal experience.
acquaintance (-s), n. [see acquaint, v.] (webplay: acquainted with, friend, know, lover, make, man, success, sorrows).
- Knowledge through personal experience.
- Associate; colleague; friend; person known familiarly.
acquiescence, n. [L. acquiesco, be quiet.]
Silent agreement; passive assent.
acquire (-ed), v. [L. acquiro, seek, follow, press, urge.] (webplay: art, habits, skill).
Obtain; permanently gain by various means.
acquisition, n. [see acquire, v.] (webplay: art, attainment, book, death, learning).
Act of obtaining something for oneself.
acquit (-ted), v. [OFr acuiter.]
Exonerate; forgive; pardon; vindicate; justify; absolve; find innocent.
acre (-s), n. [OE æcer; cf. Sanskrit ajras, plain, untenanted land.] (webplay: frontiers, larger, open field, property, sowed, sum).
- Parcel; division; plot; tract; piece of land.
- Ground; soil.
- Sprawling extant; vast amount.
- Dwelling place; space for existence; [fig.] graveyard; cemetery.
- Specific location; identifiable territory; particular status.
- Portion; [fig.] vitality; life.
- Earth; world.
acrid, adj. [L. acri-s, sharp, pungent.] (webplay: pungent, taste).
Pungent; sharp; bitter tasting; strong to the taste.
across, adv. [Fr. encroix, in + cross.] (webplay: passing over at any angle, as a line passing across another).
- Draping over; in suspension upon.
- Communicating; transmitting a message; [word play on making the sign of the cross] possibly “a cross.”
- From one side to the other; [NW says: “as a bridge is laid across a river”.]