• WordNet 3.6
    • n acquisition the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something "the acquisition of wealth","the acquisition of one company by another"
    • n acquisition an ability that has been acquired by training
    • n acquisition the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge "the child's acquisition of language"
    • n acquisition something acquired "a recent acquisition by the museum"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquisition The act or process of acquiring. "The acquisition or loss of a province."
    • Acquisition (Business, Finance) The purchase of one commercial enterprise by another, whether for cash, or in a trade of stock of the purchasing company for that of the purchased company.
    • Acquisition The thing acquired or gained; an acquirement; a gain; as, learning is an acquisition .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acquisition The act of acquiring or gaining possession: as, the acquisition of property.
    • n acquisition That which is acquired or gained; especially, a material possession obtained by any means, but sometimes used in the plural of mental gains.
    • n acquisition Synonyms Acquirements, Acquisitions, etc. See acquirement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Acquisition the act of acquiring: that which is acquired
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “Many people think of knowledge as money, They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
  • Hesiod
    “Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acquisitio, fr. acquirere,: cf. F. acquisition,. See Acquire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitumad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.


In literature:

He valued the acquisition of money on the turf, because there it was the test of success.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
Accordingly, his first measures were directed to the acquisition of Texas.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
The Acquisitions of Amphibians.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Then, pressing out the fire of the last acquisition, he laid it beside him to cool before adding it to his store.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
You have a more energetic, stirring, acquisitive, and capacious soul.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
The further question which comes upon us here concerns the animal's acquisition of the action appropriate to carry out his knowledge.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
Among not the least important was the acquisition of all the arms of the whole body of foot, and even of the volunteers.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
The mere acquisition of facts is not the acquisition of power.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
So far from not wishing him to join us, I consider him a most valuable acquisition, and am delighted at the idea.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Roche soon became a valuable acquisition to the community; he was an indefatigable dancer, and a good fiddler.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Mere acquisition or transmission of wealth does not constitute good fortune.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Several acts have been passed to provide for the public acquisition or building of workingmen's dwellings.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
The acquisition of the Seigneurie was made in 1609.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Popular art in England has not had so rich an acquisition.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The manner of its acquisition is interesting.
"The Story of Madras" by Glyn Barlow
It was a chimerical project which it was hoped might avert the impending troubles at home by dazzling acquisitions abroad.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The interests of the Austrian margraves and dukes were not confined to the acquisition of wealth either in land or chattels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Any acquisition not sanctioned by justice and honor would be too dearly purchased.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
Instruction# is the process through which the teacher aims to assist the pupil in the acquisition of knowledge or power, or both.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
But my most valuable acquisition here was made from an Assiniboin chief, who came in about an hour before I departed.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various

In poetry:

An acquisition rather rare
Is yet no subject of despair;
Nor is it wise complaining,
If, either on forbidden ground,
Or where it was not to be found,
We sought without attaining.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
And to them the din of battle was only a shout of glory:
But for their noble king they felt a little sorry,
Because they knew he was sacrificing a strong position,
Which was to his army a very great acquisition.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

IBM is adding data de-duplication to its storage technology with the acquisition of privately-held Diligent Technologies.
Bennett previously served as the agency's vice component acquisition executive.
Corn Products' CEO double stocks price with acquisition, strategy and sunny disposition .
Wabash National Corporation officials cite product synergy as a critical benefit of the acquisition of cargo tank builder Walker Group Holdings LLC.
Data acquisition devices and systems are taking on as many new forms, functions and capabilities as the industrial PCs and software in whose technological gravity well they're being pulled along.
In some situations, such as with designated positions in school systems, the acquisition of a relevant advanced degree or doctorate may qualify an individual for an increase in salary.
Latest News Other News GJB Partners to begin acquisition of the ".Jewelers" top level domain name .
The domino affect through the various production operations at Clairon Metals Corp.—begun in 2006 with the acquisition of new press-automation controls—has been significant and impressive.
Listen to the interview to hear Anthony give more details about this pending acquisition.
The ability of dormant cells to escape cell cycle arrest involves the acquisition of specific genetic changes, autocrine and paracrine microenvironmental influences, and the immune response of the patient.
"Since the acquisition, the integration process of both companies' engineering and sales operations has proceeded very smoothly," says Rob Teunissen, CEO of Drent Goebel, headquartered in Eerbeek, Netherlands.
North Palm Beach, Fla.—Driftwood Hospitality Management announced the acquisition of the Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental.
Epsilon goes omnichannel with its acquisition of Hyper Marketing.
Acquiring equipment to operate and grow is critical, and for smart businesses, equipment financing is a key acquisition strategy.
Brocade Expands Software Defined Networking Business with Vyatta Acquisition.

In science:

The suggested observing strategy with the AMiBA is drift scanning: the co-mounted array is to be kept stationary with respect to the environment, and the apertures are kept stationary with respect to each other, during the data acquisition.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
Schematic drawing of the silicon telescope and data acquisition system installed in the thermo-controlled hut.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
We are indebted to Colin Gay for the data acquisition software.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
The readout electronics are presented in section 3, with the data acquisition system used (DAQ), the latter for completeness.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The readout and packaging system is built in a modular form composed of eight 32 channels processing boards connected to a bus together with a DSP board and a VME interface (dual access memory) for data storage and communication with the data acquisition system.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The data were recorded by means of a general purpose data acquisition system (DAQ) allowing the online monitoring of the experiment .
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
Figure 2: Architecture of the signal processing electronics and data acquisition system used with the prototype.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
Low Light Level Detection Using a test-bench setup consisting of a pulsed LED, 20 KV high voltage system, analog va rich readout, and CAMAC-based data acquisition, we have obtained the pulse-height spectrum shown in Fig. 1.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
Tests of the VA BTEV hybrid prototype have been performed, using a test-bench setup designed for full characterization and data acquisition. A threshold scan was performed by injecting a variable impulse charge through a 1.0 pF capacitor, giving a resultant curve as shown in Fig. 4.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
In addition, two major new developments were require d to make a balloon experiment with the LXeTPC: a lowpower readout electronics and data acquisition flight syste m, and an instrumentation and control system.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
The hardware modificati ons to the original systems, and the new data acquisition software which followed the 1997 flights, are discussed in Ap rile et al.9 . A parallel effort involved extensive modifications of an existing gondola and veto shield systems provided by the University of New Hampshire.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
The 2000 pre- flight calibration gives a similar spectral and spatial resolution performance, but differs in trigger efficiency and data acquisition (DAQ) spee d.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
This selection, based on the number of wire hits, is implemented in the LXeGRIT data acquisition software.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Whether this feature is real or not — and, indeed, whether the highly contaminating influence of the 10 isolated GCs is an unlucky byproduct of sampling statistics or an indication of a real, physical grouping of newly recognized ob jects — can only be decided by the acquisition of further velocity data.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The high event rate, due to the high luminosity of the collider, and the high cross-section for background processes as well as the large amount of data produced by ATLAS per event (~1.5 MB) requires the design of a performant Data AcQuisition (DAQ) system with three trigger levels.
The DataFlow System of the ATLAS Trigger and DAQ