• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Acrostically After the manner of an acrostic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acrostically In the manner of an acrostic.
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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.”


In literature:

Yow two wait and see when we get acrost to wheer the pike lays.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
But then in the hands of Swinburne an acrostic would cease to be artificial.
"Figures of Several Centuries" by Arthur Symons
An' ther critter as was leadin' them cowards as chased me acrost kentry, he was Kunnel Brashears!
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
So you're the chap that's goin' to show the boys the way acrost the Rio, be you?
"George at the Fort" by Harry Castlemon
It's jes' acrost the river from the place where you're workin'.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
Wen yuh kim acrost another time p'raps I'll have some plan made up.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
Booth, W. S. Some Acrostic Signatures of Francis Bacon.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
The popular feeling is expressed in a rather limping acrostic on his name, of which I quote only the first quarter.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
I hadn't gone half a block before I spied Dorsey acrost th' sthreet.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
Acrost the Kontinent by Boles.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford

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
Now Captain Dan he sailed that boat
For nigh on twenty year
Acrost that sound and back ag’in,
Like I have stated here.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
She had two bows that way, so when
She went acrost the sound
She could, to oncet, run back ag’in
Without a-turnin’ round.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
Jest like ten thousand souls, all lost,
The wind howls—ain't it nice!—
The water-hole is froze acrost
With crinkly-crackly ice.
"October on the Sheep Range" by Arthur Chapman
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew—
Constitution, where ye bound for?
Wherever, my lad, there's fight to be had,
Acrost the Western Ocean.
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche
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

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