A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done.
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.
A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).
That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.
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.
To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so.
To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.
A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven.
The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital.
The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains; as, a basket of peaches.
The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach.
To put into a basket.
A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.
A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was a character; Caesar is a great historical character.
A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant.
Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion.
One of the persons of a drama or novel.
Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the miserable character of a slave; in his character as a magistrate; her character as a daughter.
Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character.
Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar form of letters used by a particular person or people; as, an inscription in the Runic character.
The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and veracity; to give one a bad character.
The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a person or thing really is; nature; disposition.
A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three fourths of an inch.
One of the ten figures or symbols, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, by which all numbers are expressed; -- so called because of the use of the fingers in counting and computing.
One of the terminal divisions of a limb appendage; a finger or toe.
One twelfth part of the diameter of the sun or moon; -- a term used to express the quantity of an eclipse; as, an eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk.
To point at or out with the finger.
A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2,3, etc.
A diagram or drawing; made to represent a magnitude or the relation of two or more magnitudes; a surface or space inclosed on all sides; -- called superficial when inclosed by lines, and solid when inclosed by surface; any arrangement made up of points, lines, angles, surfaces, etc.
A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a musical or motive; a florid embellishment.
A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
A mode of expressing abstract or immaterial ideas by words which suggest pictures or images from the physical world; pictorial language; a trope; hence, any deviation from the plainest form of statement.
A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article; a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a pretty figure.
A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes a type or representative.
Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.
Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.