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Meaning of ACROSTIC

Pronunciation:  u'krostik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
  2. [n]  a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across

ACROSTIC is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: word square
 See Also: literary composition, literary work, problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*cros"tic\, n. [Gr. ?; ? extreme + ? order, line,
    1. A composition, usually in verse, in which the first or the
       last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken
       in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.
    2. A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the
       letters of the alphabet in regular order (as Psalm cxix.).
       See {Abecedarian}.
    {Double acrostic}, a species of enigma
  2. \A*cros"tic\, Acrostical \A*cros"tic*al\, n.
    Pertaining to, or characterized by, acrostics.
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