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Meaning of achievement by Wiktionary Dictionary

achievement


    Etymology

    Old French achevement, from the verb achever, achiever ( “to finish” ). Compare Modern French achèvement, English hatchment

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /əˈtʃiːvmənt/, SAMPA: /@"tSi:vm@nt/

    Noun

    achievement ( plural: achievements )

    1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his/her object .
    2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat .
      [The exploits] of the ancient saints ... do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. - Isaac Barrow
      The highest achievements of the human intellect. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
    3. ( heraldry ) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment. - Cussans
    4. ( video games ) An award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective .
      Finishing the game does not give you a 100% score until you have unlocked all of the achievements .

    External links

    • achievement in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of achievement by Wordnet Dictionary

achievement


    Noun
    1. the action of accomplishing something



    Definition of achievement by GCIDE Dictionary

    achievement


    1. Achievement ( -ment ), n. [Cf. F. achèvement, E. Hatchment.]
      1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, “the achievement of his object”.

      2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat.

      [The exploits] of the ancient saints . . . do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. Barrow.

      The highest achievements of the human intellect. Macaulay.

      3. ( Her. ) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment. Cussans.

    2. Hatchment ( -ment ), n. [Corrupt. fr. achievement.]

      1. ( Her. ) A sort of panel, upon which the arms of a deceased person are temporarily displayed, -- usually on the walls of his dwelling. It is lozenge-shaped or square, but is hung cornerwise. It is used in England as a means of giving public notification of the death of the deceased, his or her rank, whether married, widower, widow, etc. Called also achievement.

      His obscure funeral;

      No trophy, sword, or hatchment o'er his bones. Shak.

      2. A sword or other mark of the profession of arms; in general, a mark of dignity.

      Let there be deducted, out of our main potation,

      Five marks in hatchments to adorn this thigh. Beau. & Fl.