• WordNet 3.6
    • v access reach or gain access to "How does one access the attic in this house?","I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
    • v access obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
    • n access the act of approaching or entering "he gained access to the building"
    • n access a way of entering or leaving "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
    • n access (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
    • n access the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
    • n access the right to enter
    • n access a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hong Kong, delivery times are primarily influenced by traffic conditions on elevators. It often takes drivers longer to travel vertically than horizontally, as access to elevators is so congested during "high peak" hours. This is due to the volume of people residing in high rises
    • Access A coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility; as, to gain access to a prince. "I did repel his letters, and denied
      His access to me."
    • Access A paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst; as, an access of fury.
    • Access Admission to sexual intercourse. "During coverture, access of the husband shall be presumed, unless the contrary be shown."
    • Access An onset, attack, or fit of disease. "The first access looked like an apoplexy."
    • Access Increase by something added; addition; as, an access of territory. [In this sense accession is more generally used "I, from the influence of thy looks, receive Access in every virtue."
    • Access The means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way; as, the access is by a neck of land. "All access was thronged."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.
    • n access A coming to; near approach; admittance; admission: as, to gain access to a prince.
    • n access Means of approach or admission; way of entrance or passage to anything: as, the access is through a massive door or a long corridor, or by a neck of land.
    • n access Admission to sexual intercourse.
    • n access Addition; increase; accession.
    • n access The attack or return of a fit or paroxysm of disease, as of a fever; accession.
    • n access The approach of the priest to the altar for the purpose of celebrating the eucharist.
    • n access In canon law, a right to a certain benefice at some future time, now in abeyance through lack of required age or some other conditions: if in abeyance through actual possession of another, it is equivalent to the right of succession. See coadjutor. Ingress is a right, in virtue of some previous stipulation, to a benefice resigned before entered upon; regress, to a benefice actually renounced. The Council of Trent and succeeding popes abolished such titles, as tending to make benefices hereditary; since then they have existed in Roman Catholic countries only in particular instances and by a special pontifical privilege.
    • n access In the Roman Catholic Church, same as accession, 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.
    • n Access ak′ses or ak-ses′ liberty to come to, approach: increase
    • n Access ak′ses or ak-ses′, liberty to come to, approach: increase
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Never give anyone total access to your pockets, your pockets, your purse or your mind.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.”
  • Maureen Reagan
    Maureen Reagan
    “We're an ideal political family, as accessible as Disneyland.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. accès, L. accessus, fr. accedere,. See Accede
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Accede.


In literature:

Even after this accession of territory, the chiefs of the House of Hohenzollern hardly ranked with the Electors of Saxony and Bavaria.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
We mounted the staircase, and I took the chance of closing the doors at the head that gave access to the deck.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
All this took place in the reigns preceding the accession of Richard II.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
Indeed privacy may be defined as withdrawal from the group, with, at the same time, ready access to it.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Wolsey is celebrated by Erasmus for his affability, and to a great scholar he may have been accessible, but to others he was not so.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
He could neither read Browning nor Herbert Spencer, nor have access to such a room as Mrs. Forbes's.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Toward the stern of the boat and just behind the motor a hatchway is fitted to give access to the batteries and starting switch.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Though the Peruvians were astonished at this accession to the number of their foes, they still came bravely forward to the battle.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
He is a walking encyclopaedia of all the social and political changes that have come about since the accession of Victoria.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes

In poetry:

FLORUS. Too late
Comes this idle boast. It happens
That I know to whom you have given
Free access . . .
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Therefore I study you first in your saints,
Those friends whom your election glorifies ;
Then in your deeds, accesses and restraints,
And what you read, and what yourself devise.
"To The Countess Of Bedford I" by John Donne
Thy short abode and stay Feeds not, but addes to the desire of meat.
Lime begg'd of old (they say)
A neighbour spring to cool his inward heat;
Which by the spring's accesse grew much more great.
"The Glimpse" by George Herbert
If'tis a crime to ask for youth's deep yearning,
Access unpurchased to those great old books,
Where the soul's thirst is slaked with draughts of learning;
Then, noble, we have earned those bitter looks.
"An Apology" by Edwin Arnold
The statelier cabinet is the Trinitie,
Whose sparkling light access denies:
Therefore thou dost not show
This fully to us, till death blow
The dust into our eyes;
For by that powder thou wilt make us see.
"Ungratefulnesse" by George Herbert
Ah ! it is so with me : oft have I press'd
Heaven with a lazy breath ; but fruitless this
Pierc'd not ; love only can with quick access
Unlock the way,
When all else stray,
The smoke and exhalations of the breast.
"The Shower (I)" by Henry Vaughan

In news:

Missouri State University migrates to NFC access technology.
The campground at Russell Gates Fishing Access Site along the Blackfoot River is open again.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed site improvements at Weigh Station Fishing Access Site on the Blackfoot River near Bonner.
Become a subscriber of Scale Auto to get the full scoop and gain access to other subscriber benefits.
The 500E Global is designed to blast horizontal steel surfaces and break down to fit through a 24-inch access opening.
Leatherwood Ball Fields' handicapped accessible, hard-surface trail at night under the light.
This Xpeditions website will remain accessible as an archive for the near future.
And the site is accessible in four languages.
Last month, the British Phonographic Industry won a court battle to force UK internet service providers to block its customers from accessing high-profile piracy site The Pirate Bay.
According to Bloodhound 's rocket engineer Dan Jubb, the test is the biggest rocket firing in the UK for more than 20 years, and the most accessible to the public since the early stages of NASA's Apollo program.
SAN FRANCISCO - BlueLight .com announced the severing of its relationship with one local Internet dial-up access service and the forming of another.
But what happens when any blogger, or blog reader, has one-button access to cheaply printing a neatly bound, customized slice of
They may have access to the top body-waxing experts in Hollywood, but apparently these sexy stars can't bother to make an appointment.
There is a common misperception in the fitness world that clients must have access to free weights, dumbbells and machines in order to experience significant strength-training results.
Facebook Sells More Access to Members.

In science:

Call the strategy which moves the accessed item to the front of the list the Move to Front (MTF) rule. A worst-case analysis shows that the MTF rule yields a 2-approximation for the optimal total access time for any sequence of item requests .
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Characteristics such as the limiting distribution as t → ∞ of At , where At is the access time for the item accessed at time t, can then be estimated by drawing from the stationary distribution of the chain.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The limiting expected access time for MA1 is known to be, for any access probability vector p, no more than that for MTF .
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Given a hypergraph Λ without patches and a distinguished vertex v0 , we say that a vertex v is accessible from v0 if it is accessible in the hypergraph Λ + 1{{v0 }} , that is, in the hypergraph obtained from Λ by adding a single patch at v0 .
Structure of large random hypergraphs
Perhaps even more problematic is that, in the U.S., public funding for Information Highway access in schools and libraries is frequently contingent on those institutions agreeing to adopt Internet filtering devices, diminishing access on ideological grounds and not promoting universality.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence