Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-CET-I-FY – A'CHI-OTE
To convert into acid or vinegar. – Aikin.
The act of ascertaining the strength of the acetic acid or vinegar. – Ure.
A salt supposed to be formed with an acid containing the same proportions of carbon and hydrogen as the acetic acid, but with less oxygen, which was denominated acetous acid. As no such acid exists, this term is not now used.
AC'E-TOM'E-TER, n. [L. acetum, vinegar, and μετρον, measure.]
An instrument for ascertaining the strength of vinegar. – Ure.
A new chimical name for the pyro-acetic acid. – Ure.
A-CE'TOUS-AC'ID, n. [A-CE'TOUS AC'ID.]
A term formerly applied to impure and dilute acetic acid, under the notion that it was composed of carbon and hydrogen in the same proportions as in acetic acid, but with less oxygen. It is now known that no such acid exists, so that this term is not now in use.
A-CE'TUM, n. [L. See Acid.]
Vinegar; a sour liquor, obtained from vegetables dissolved in boiling water, and from fermented and spirituous liquors, by exposing them to heat and air. This is called the acid or acetous fermentation.
ACHE, n. [ake.]
Pain, or continued pain, in opposition to sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. It denotes a more moderate degree of pain than pang, anguish, and torture.
ACHE, v.i. [ake; Sax. ace, ece; Gr. αχεω, to ache or be in pain; αχος, pain. The primary sense is, to be pressed. Perhaps the Oriental עוק, to press.]
- To suffer pain; to have or be in pain, or in continued pain; as, the head aches.
- To suffer grief, or extreme grief; to be distressed; as, the heart aches.
Pertaining to Achaia in Greece, and a celebrated league or confederacy established there. This state lay on the Gulf of Corinth, within Peloponnesus.
A-CHE'NI-UM, n. [Gr. αχην, poor.]
In botany, an apparently naked seed, which yet, besides its proper cover, has a calyx overspreading it, as is the case of the Compositæ. – De Cand.
A star of the first magnitude in the southern extremity of the constellation Eridanus.
ACH'E-RON, n. [Gr. αχος, pain, and ρους, a river or stream.]
A fabled river of hell or the lower region. – Ancient Poets.
An ancient measure of corn, supposed to be about eight bushels. – Encyc.
Pertaining to Acherusia, a lake in Campania, in Italy.
A-CHIEV'A-BLE, a. [See Achieve.]
That may be performed. – Barrow.
Performance. – Elyot.
A-CHIEVE', v.t. [Fr. achever, to finish; Arm. acchui; old Fr. chever, to come to the end, from Fr. chef, the head or end; old Eng. cheve; Sp. and Port. acabar, from cabo, end, cape. See Chief.]
- To perform, or execute; to accomplish; to finish, or carry on to a final close. It is appropriately used for the effect of efforts made by the hand or bodily exertion, as, deeds achieved by valor.
- To gain or obtain, as the result of exertion. Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. – Prior.
Performed; obtained; accomplished.
- The performance of an action.
- A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, or boldness.
- An obtaining by exertion.
- An escutcheon or ensigns armorial, granted for the performance of a great or honorable action. – Encyc.
One who accomplishes a purpose, or obtains an object by his exertions.
Performing; executing; gaining.
Pain; continued pain or distress.
A'CH-ING, ppr. [See Ache.]
Being in pain; suffering distress.
The anotta, a tree, and a drug used for dyeing red. The bark of the tree makes good cordage, and the wood is used to excite fire by friction. [See Anotta.] – Clavigero.