a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, etc.
Also, acrostical. of, like, or forming an acrostic.
a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters
the word, proverb, etc, so formed
(as modifier): an acrostic sonnet
short poem in which the initial letters of the lines, taken in order, spell a word or phrase, 1580s, from Medieval Latin acrostichis, from Greek akrostikhis, from akros “at the end, outermost” (see acrid) + stikhos “line of verse,” literally “row” (see stair).
noun (architect) a plinth bearing a statue, etc, at either end or at the apex of a pediment
a pedestal for a sculpture or ornament at each base or at the apex of a pediment. Historical Examples Mr. Failing, who was sitting alone in the garden too ill to read, heard a shout, “Am I an acroterium?” The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
. a pedestal for a sculpture or ornament at each base or at the apex of a pediment. Historical Examples Another important argument is furnished by the certain use of terracotta plates as acroteria. The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1 Various We have also several figures of Victory, which probably were acroteria on some smaller […]
. Historical Examples Above, an acroterion, formed of acanthus leaves and palmette combined (fig. 24). A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2) A. H. Smith Top of stel, with acanthus leaves forming the base of the acroterion. A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department […]