Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: across – Adam
across, prep. [Fr. encroix.] (webplay: length, passing over at any angle, as a line passing across another, side to side).
- Moving over the surface of.
- Throughout; at a certain time in.
- In front of.
- Above; over.
act, n. [Fr. < L. actus, a doing.] (webplay: cause, company, deed, do, equal, found, God, greater, heart, heroism, in the very act, instituted, law, Lord, made, man, mind, natural, offices, ordinary, preparation, process, scenes, signs, taken, thoughts, water, well, wind).
- Role; design; purpose.
- Agency; doings in life; what one chooses to do.
- Accomplishment; achievement; success; skill; [fig.] a person who accomplished much.
- Event; happening; [fig.] death.
- Reality; fact; occurrence.
- Dramatic performance; [fig.] curtain, as on a stage.
- Deed; endeavor; action.
- Phrase. “In the Act”: as it happens; at the time of occurrence.
action, n. [Fr. < L. a doing, performance.] (webplay: arm, between, claim, completed, council, dead, deaths, deed, do, duties, existence, feelings, force, giving, God, heart, held, honor, instance, instituted, judge, justice, know, law, man, maintained, natural, owner, property, public, pursued, put, weighed, well, wind, world).
- Litigation; law suit; legal case.
- Activity; work; occupation; labor; exercise; responsibility.
- Motion; beating.
actual, adj. [Fr. actuel, pertaining to action.]
Real; concrete; physical; acute; keen.
actual, n. [see actual, adj.] (webplay: real).
Realization; reality; attainment.
actualize, v. [see actual, adj.]
Materialize; appear; come about; become real.
actually, adv. [see actual, adj.]
Really; in fact; truly; literally.
acute (-r), adj. [L. acūtus, sharpen.] (webplay: degrees, distinctions, hearing).
- Penetrating; sharp; intense.
- More difficult; more painful; more excruciating; more severe.
- Critical; crucial; poignant; [lit.] pointed; sharp-angled; not quite at a right angle.
acuter, adv. [see acute, adj.] (webplay: distinctions).
More accurately; more distinctly; more clearly.
Adam, proper n. [Heb. ādām, man < adama, earth; poss. Heb. 'likeness,' 'from the red earth,''primitive,' or 'first of men.'] (webplay: earth, first, humans, like, unite).
First man; husband of the first woman, Eve; name given to the father of the human family in the Bible; man who left the Garden of Eden with his wife so that their posterity would experience life, death, and a resurrection through the atonement of Jesus Christ (see Romans 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 and ED's letters).