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  1. Completion; fulfillment; entire performance; as, the accomplishment of a prophecy.
  2. The act of carrying into effect, or obtaining an object designed; attainment; as the accomplishment of our desires or ends.
  3. Acquirement; that which constitutes excellence of mind, or elegance of manners, acquired by education.

AC-COMPT', n. [or v. Obs. See ACCOUNT.]


AC-CORD', n. [Fr. accord, agreement, consent; accorder, to adjust, or reconcile; Sp. acordar; Arm. accord, accordi; It. accordo, accordare. The L. has concors, concordo. Qu. cor and cordis, the heart, or from the same root. In some of its applications, it is naturally deduced from chorda, It. corda, the string of a musical instrument.]

  1. Agreement; harmony of minds; consent or concurrence of opinions or wills. They all continued with one accord in prayer. – Acts i.
  2. Concert; harmony of sounds; the union of different sounds, which is agreeable to the ear; agreement in pitch and tone; as the accord of notes; but in this sense it is more usual to employ concord or chord.
  3. Agreement; just correspondence of things; as the accord of light and shade in painting.
  4. Will; voluntary or spontaneous motion; used of the will of persons, or the natural motion of other bodies, and preceded by own. Being more forward of his own accord. – 2 Cor. viii. That which groweth of its own accord thou shalt not reap. – Lev. xxv.
  5. Adjustment of a difference; reconciliation; as, the mediator of an accord.
  6. In law, an agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, bars a suit. – Blackstone.
  7. Permission, leave.

AC-CORD', v.i.

  1. To agree; to be in correspondence. My heart accordeth with my tongue. – Shak.
  2. To agree in pitch and tone.

AC-CORD', v.t.

  1. To make to agree, or correspond; to adjust one thing to another. Her hands accorded the lute's music to the voice. – Sidney.
  2. To bring to an agreement; to settle, adjust or compose; as to accord suits or controversies.
  3. To grant, to give, to concede; as, to accord to one due praise.


Agreeable; consonant. – Gower.


Agreement with a person; conformity with a thing.


Corresponding; consonant; agreeable.


In accordance or agreement. – Dwight.


Made to agree; adjusted. – Shak.


One that aids, or favors. [Little used.]


  1. Agreeing; harmonizing. Th' according music of a well mixt state. – Pope.
  2. Suitable; agreeable; in accordance with. In these senses, the word agrees with or refers to a sentence. Our zeal should be according to knowledge. – Sprat. Noble is the fame that is built on candor and ingenuity, according to those beautiful lines of Sir John Denham. – Spect. Here the whole preceding parts of the sentence are to accord, i. e. agree with, correspond with, or be suitable to, what follows. According, here, has its true participial sense, agreeing, and is always followed by to. It is never a preposition.


Agreeably; suitably; in a manner conformable to. Those who live in faith and good works, will be rewarded accordingly.

AC-CORD'I-ON, n. [from accord.]

A small keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by the play of wind upon metallic reeds. It is a small wind-chest, the sides of which are made to fold and expand like a bellows. On the top are apertures in which the reeds are inserted, and upon which the reeds play. Each key playing on two apertures, the reeds of which are furnished with reversed valves, is made to command two successive notes in the scale, according as the wind is drawn in by expanding the chest, or forced out by closing it. In addition to the keys, there is slide which opens upon reeds attuned to the harmonics for the tonic and dominant, by opening which the air has an harmonic accompaniment. The bottom of the chest is furnished with a large key, by which the chest may be opened, and suddenly exhausted or filled, as need requires. This is a melodious portable instrument, commanding two or three octaves in the diatonic scale. – Prof. Fitch.


To unite; [Not in use.] [See Incorporate.] – Milton.

AC-COST', v.i.

To adjoin. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

AC-COST', v.t. [Fr. accoster; ad and côte, side, border, coast; G. küste; D. kust; Dan. kyst.]

  1. To approach; to draw near; to come side by side, or face face. [Not in use.]
  2. To speak first to; to address. – Milton. Dryden.


Easy of access; familiar. – Howell.


Addressed; first spoken to. In heraldry, being side by side.


Addressing by first speaking to.

AC-COUCHE'MENT, n. [accoosh'mong; Fr.]

Delivery in childbed.

AC-COUCH'EUR, n. [accoosháre; Fr.]

A man who assist women in childbirth.

AC-COUNT', n. [Fr. conte; It. conto; Sp. cuenta; Arm. count; an account, reckoning, computation. Formerly writers used accompt from the Fr. compte. See Count.]

  1. A sum stated on paper; a registry of a debt or credit; of debts and credits, or charges; an entry in a book or on paper of things bought or sold, of payments, services, &c., including the names of the parties to the transaction, date, and price or value of the thing. Account signifies a single entry, or charge, or a statement of a number of particular debts and credits, in a book or on a separate paper; and in the plural, is used for the books containing such entries.
  2. A computation of debts and credits, or a general statement of particular sums; as, the account stands thus; let him exhibit his account.
  3. A computation or mode of reckoning; applied to other things, than money or trade; as the Julian account of time.
  4. Narrative; relation; statement of facts; recital of particular transactions and events, verbal or written; as an account of the revolution in France. Hence,
  5. An assignment of reasons; explanation by a recital of particular transactions, given by a person in an employment, or to a superior, often implying responsibility. Give an account of thy stewardship. – Luke xvi. Without responsibility or obligation. He giveth not account of his matters. – Job xxxiii.
  6. Reason or consideration, as a motive; as, on all accounts, on every account.
  7. Value; importance; estimation; that is, such a state of persons or things, as renders them worthy of more or less estimation; as, men of account. What is the son of man that thou makest account of him. – Ps. cxliv.
  8. Profit; advantage; that is, a result or production worthy of estimation. To find our account in a pursuit; to turn to account. – Philip. iv.
  9. Regard; behalf; sake; a sense deduced from charges on book; as, on account of public affairs. Put that to my account. – Philem. 18. To make account, that is, to have a previous opinion or expectation, is a sense now obsolete. A writ of account, in law, is a writ which the plaintif brings demanding that the defendant should render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; called also an action of account. – Cowel.

AC-COUNT', v.i.

  1. To render an account or relation of particulars. An officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
  2. To give reasons; to assign the causes; to explain; with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.
  3. To render reasons; to answer for in a responsible character; as, we must account for all the talents intrusted to us.