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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acrostic verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
    • n acrostic a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acrostic 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.
    • Acrostic 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 Acrostic Pertaining to, or characterized by, acrostics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acrostic A composition in verse, in which the first, or the first and last, or certain other letters of the lines, taken in order, form a name, title, motto, the order of the alphabet, etc.
    • n acrostic A Hebrew poem in which the initial letters of the lines or stanzas were made to run over the letters of the alphabet in their order. Twelve of the Psalms are of this character, of which Psalm exix. is the best example.
    • acrostic Pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing an acrostic: as, acrostic verses.
    • acrostic Crossed; folded across; crossing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acrostic a-krō′stik a poem of which, if the first or the last letter of each line be taken in succession, they will spell a name or a sentence
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; extreme + order, line, verse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. akros, extreme, and stichos, a line.


In literature:

I fell in at night whilst I was cutting acrost country.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
I gotta right to belt you one acrost the bean.
"The Life of the Party" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Where would we be even if somebody run acrost his body?
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
We busts through the roadside thicket and tear acrost that open place, licketty-split.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Where I was I couldn't dodge quick, an' the blade took me here, acrost the face.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
But I went on and acrost to a balcony, and after I went in, a gate snapped shet behind me and I couldn't git back.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
But, as I was goin' to tell you, I fell acrost the Black Tyrone agin wan day whin we wanted thim powerful bad.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
He had the acrostic mania quite badly.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
I've got a shanty full of thinkers over acrost the crick.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
How I envy those people who can write acrostics or sudden verses, and all I know seem to have gone from me.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
And it'll take till middle o' next week to build a brush road acrost.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Ye'd think ye could walk acrost on hit.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
You might ask 'em whether the nigger cut acrost or not.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
I mean to put on my bunnet and run acrost and see.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Why, you can 'most reach acrost from one side to the other.
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond
Another way of playing "Simple Acrostics" is to insist on each word being the same length.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
De place whar I wuz borned wuz in Warren County; jist acrost de Halifax County line.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
The cradle head's split right square acrost.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Occasionally there was a leading article, and now and then an acrostic appeared.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
Yass, seh, they all spreads hafe acrost the dish an' then tu'n back.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable

In poetry:

Likewise, Eliza Ann was blind,
Howas she never saw
As Dan he had another wife
Acrost to East Skiddaw.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
We 'ad a spell in Egypt first, before we moved along
Acrost the way to Suvla, where we got it 'ot an' strong;
We 'ad no drink when we was dry, no rest when we was tired,
But I've seen the Perramids an' Spink, which I 'ad oft desired.
"The Grand Tour" by Cicely Fox Smith
Like ter see the gusts of rain, where there's naught ter hinder,
Sail acrost the fields and come "spat" against the winder,
Streakin' down along the panes, floodin' sills and ledges,
Makin' little fountains, like, in the sash's edges.
"A Rainy Day" by Joseph C Lincoln
Trompin' home acrost the fields: Lightnin'-bugs a-blinkin'
In the wheat like sparks o' things feller keeps a-thinkin':--
Mother waitin' supper, and the childern there to cherr me!
And fiddle on the kitchen-wall a-jist a-eechin' fer me!
"Dawn, Noon And Dewfall" by James Whitcomb Riley
I tells 'im if that fence ain't mended -- now --
I'll summons 'im. But 'e jist stands an' grins.
'E's always grinnin'. Silly lookin' cow I
An' fer two pins
I'd go acrost an' give 'is eye a poke.
'E's far too 'appy -- fer a single bloke.
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis
'E goes acrost to find a pint a 'ome;
An' meets a pal an' keeps another down.
Ten minutes later, when 'e starts to roam
Back to the markit, wiv an ugly frown,
'E spags a soljer bloke 'oo's passin' by,
An' sez 'e'd like to dot 'im in the eye.
"War" by C J Dennis

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HOW TO PLAY Click in each square of the acrostic to reveal its corresponding clue.