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 […]
absence or weakness of the pulse. acrotism ac·ro·tism (āk’rə-tĭz’əm) n. absent or imperceptible pulse. a·crot’ic (ə-krŏt’ĭk) adj.