A*crase", A*craze" (#), Transitive verb [Pref. a- + crase; or cf. F. écraser to crush. See Crase, Craze.]
1. To craze. [Obs.] Grafton.
2. To impair; to destroy. [Obs.] Hacket.
A*cris"i*a (#), Ac"ri*sy (#), n. [LL. acrisia, Gr. ; priv. + to separate, to decide.]
1. Inability to judge.
2. (Med.) Undecided character of a disease. [Obs.]
Ac"ri*ta (#), n. pl. [NL., from Gr. indiscernible; priv. + to distinguish.] (Zoöl.) The lowest groups of animals, in which no nervous system has been observed.
Ac"ri*tan (#), a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Acrita. -- n. An individual of the Acrita.
Ac"rite (#), a. (Zoöl.) Acritan. Owen.
Ac`ro*mon`o*gram*mat"ic (#), a. [Gr. extreme + alone + a letter.] Having each verse begin with the same letter as that with which the preceding verse ends.
A*cron"yc (#), A*cron"ych*al (#), a. [Gr. at nightfall; + night.] (Astron.) Rising at sunset and setting at sunrise, as a star; -- opposed to cosmical. &hand; The word is sometimes incorrectly written acronical, achronychal, acronichal, and acronical.
A*cron"yc*al*ly, adv. In an acronycal manner as rising at the setting of the sun, and vise versâ.
Ac"ro*nyc"tous (#), a. [Gr. ; + , , night.] (Astron.) Acronycal.
A*crook" (#), adv. Crookedly. [R.] Udall.
A*crop"e*tal (#), a. [Gr. summit + L. petere to seek.] (Bot.) Developing from below towards the apex, or from the circumference towards the center; centripetal; -- said of certain inflorescence.
A*chroph"o*ny (#), n. [Gr. extreme + sound.] The use of a picture symbol of an object to represent phonetically the initial sound of the name of the object.
A*crot"o*mous (#), a. [Gr. cut off sharp; extreme + to cut.] (Min.) Having a cleavage parallel with the base.
Act (#), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See Agent.]
1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. Wordsworth. Hence, in specific uses: (a) The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress. (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. Abbott. (c) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed. (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. [Obs.] The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be. Hooker.
3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). In act to shoot." Dryden. This woman was taken . . . in the very act. John viii. 4. Act of attainder. (Law) See Attainder. -- Act of bankruptcy (Law), an act of a debtor which renders him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt. -- Act of faith. (Ch. Hist.) See Auto-da-Fé. -- Act of God (Law), an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard. -- Act of grace, an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign. -- Act of indemnity, a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties. Abbott. -- Act in pais, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the country), and not a matter of record.