acrostic \a*cros"tic\ (&?;) (&?;), n. [gr. &?;; &?; extreme + &?; order, line, verse.] 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.
An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message. The word comes from the French acrostiche from post-classical Latin acrostichis, from Koine Greek ἀκροστιχίς, from Ancient Greek ἄκρος "highest, topmost" and στίχος "verse"). As a form of constrained writing, an acrostic can be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval.
Noun 1. a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across (synonym) word square (hypernym) problem 2. verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message (hypernym) literary composition, literary work
1. A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.
2. A set of words arranged in a square such that they read the same horizontally and vertically. Also called word square. ***In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the following passage, spoken by Titania, spells out her own name with the initial letters of each line:
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no, I am a spirit of no common rate, The summer till doth tend upon my state; ANd I do love thee. Therefore go with me. I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee; And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep . . . .
Alt. of Acrostical (n.)
A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (as Psalm cxix.). See Abecedarian. (n.)
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.