Dictionary: AC-CRE'TIVE – AC-CURS'ED

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Increasing by growth; growing; adding to by growth; as the accretive motion of plants.

AC-CROACH', v.i. [Fr. accrocher, to fix on a hook; from croc, crochet, a hook, from the same elements as crook, which see.]

  1. To hook, or draw to, as with a hook; but in this sense not used.
  2. To encroach; to draw away from another. Hence in old laws to assume the exercise of royal prerogatives. – Blackstone. The noun accroachment, an encroachment, or attempt to exercise royal power, is rarely or never used. [See Encroach.]

AC-CRUE', n. [accru'.]

Something that accedes to, or follows the property of another. [Obs.]

AC-CRUE', v.i. [accru'; Fr. accroitre, accru, to increase; L. accresco, cresco; Sp. crecer and acrecer; It. crescere, accrescere; Port. crecer; Arm. crisqi.]

Literally, to grow to; hence to arise, proceed or come; to be added, as increase, profit or damage; as, a profit accrues to government from the coinage of copper; a loss accrues from the coinage of gold and silver.

AC-CRU'ING, ppr.

Growing to; arising; coining; being added.


Addition; increase. [Little used.] – Montagu.

AC-CU-BA'TION, n. [L. accubatio, a reclining, from ad and cubo, to lie down. See Cube.]

A lying or reclining on a couch, as the ancients at their meals. The manner was to recline on low beds or couches with the head resting on pillow or on the elbow. Two or three men lay on one bed, the feet of one extended behind the back of another. This practice was not permitted among soldiers, children, and servants; nor was it known, until luxury had corrupted manners. – Encyc.

AC-CUMB', v.i. [L. accumbo; ad and cubo.]

To recline as at table. [Not used.]


State of being accumbent or reclining.

AC-CUMB'ENT, a. [L. accumbens, accumbo, from cubo. See Accubation.]

Leaning or reclining, as the ancients at the meals.


Collected into a mass, or quantity. – Bacon.


To grow to a great size, number or quantity; to increase greatly; as, public evils accumulate.

AC-CU'MU-LATE, v.t. [L. accumulo, ad and cumulo, to heap; cumulus, a heap; Sp. acumular; It. accumulare; Fr. accumuler, combler.]

  1. To heap up; to pile; to amass; as, to accumulate earth or stones.
  2. To collect or bring together; as, to accumulate causes of misery; to accumulate wealth.


Collected into a heap or great quantity.


Heaping up; amassing; increasing greatly.


  1. The act of accumulating; the state of being accumulated; an amassing; a collecting together; as an accumulation of earth or of evils.
  2. In law, the concurrence of several titles to the same thing, or of several circumstances to the same proof. – Encyc.
  3. In Universities, an accumulation of degrees, is the taking of several together, or at smaller intervals than usual, or than is allowed by the rules. – Encyc.


That accumulates; heaping up; accumulating.


In an accumulative manner; in heaps.


One that accumulates, gathers, or amasses.

AC'CU-RA-CY, n. [L. accuratio, from accurare, to take care of; ad and curare, to take care; cura, care. See Care.]

  1. Exactness; exact conformity to truth; or to a rule or model; freedom from mistake; nicety; correctness; precision which results from care. The accuracy of ideas or opinions is conformity to truth. The value of testimony depends on its accuracy; copies of legal instruments should be taken with accuracy.
  2. Closeness; tightness; as a tube sealed with accuracy.

AC'CU-RATE, a. [L. accuratus.]

  1. In exact conformity to truth, or to a standard or rule, or to a model; free from failure, error, or defect; as, an accurate account; accurate measure; an accurate expression.
  2. Determinate; precisely fixed; as, one body may not have a very accurate influence on another. – Bacon.
  3. Close; perfectly tight; as, an accurate sealing or luting.


  1. Exactly; in an accurate manner; with precision; without error or defect; as, a writing accurately copied.
  2. Closely; so as to be perfectly tight; as, a vial accurately stopped. – Comstock.


Accuracy; exactness; nicety; precision.

AC-CURSE, v.t. [accurs'; Ac for ad and curse.]

To devote to destruction; to imprecate misery or evil upon. [This verb is rarely used. See Curse.]

AC-CURS'ED, pp. [or a.]

  1. Doomed to destruction or misery. The city shall be accursed. – John vi.
  2. Separated from the faithful; cast out of the church; excommunicated. I could wish myself accursed from Christ. – St. Paul.
  3. Worthy of the curse; detestable; execrable. Keep from the accursed thing. – Josh. vi. Hence,
  4. Wicked; malignant in the extreme.