• WordNet 3.6
    • n achievement the action of accomplishing something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st winner of the Academy Award for best picture, and the only silent film to achieve that honor, was the 1927 film, "Wings."
    • Achievement A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat. "The exploits] of the ancient saints . . . do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes.""The highest achievements of the human intellect."
    • Achievement (Her) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment.
    • Achievement The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his object.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first perfect game in baseball history was achieved by John Lee Richmond on June 12, 1880.
    • n achievement The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; accomplishment: as, the achievement of one's object.
    • n achievement That which is achieved; a great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or superior ability.
    • n achievement In heraldry, an escutcheon or armorial shield. The proper expression is “achievement of arms,” and signifies a complete heraldic composition, whether the shield alone or the shield with crest, motto, and supporters, if any. The term achievement is applied especially to the escutcheon of a deceased person displayed at his obsequies, over his tomb, etc., distinctively called a funeral achievement, or more commonly a hatchment (which see). Synonyms Deed, Feat, Exploit, etc. See feat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches over the course of 3 consecutive leaps, achieved in May 1977 by a South African sharp-nosed frog called Santjie.
    • n Achievement a performance: an exploit: an escutcheon or armorial shield granted in memory of some achievement, applied especially to the escutcheon over the tomb of a dead person, generally called a hatchment
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Big thinking precedes great achievement.”
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    “Your dreams will come true... if you can see it... if you believe in it... then you can achieve it.”
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    “Education is not received. It is achieved.”
  • Alexandre Dumas
    Alexandre Dumas
    “Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. achèvement, E. Hatchment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. achever, from à chief (venir)—Low L. ad caput venire, to come to a head. See Chief.


In literature:

The trouble was that she could not rest satisfied with this achievement.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
He was unable to achieve more for a little time.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
We have no need to set forth its own achievements.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
A number of knights of great strength and bravery, confederated to achieve this feat.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Although written for England, 'Oberon' has never achieved much popularity in this, or indeed in any country.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Reread several times, doing your best to achieve force.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
What conquest was next achieved?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
As a rule they seem to have been successful in achieving their aim.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman
It seemed as though the miracle of the restoration of the Russian army had been achieved, despite everything.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
The pioneer work achieved by British and French excavators stimulated interest all over the world.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie

In poetry:

And then to die so young and leave
Unfinished what he might achieve!
Yet better sure
Is this, than wandering up and down
An old man in a country town,
Infirm and poor.
"Ultima Thule: Robert Burns" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But in the tedious toil, the dull routine
Which must precede achievement on the field,
Disease, that secret enemy with mean
Sly tactics, forced them to disarm and yield.
"In France I Saw A Hill" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From buffetings in humble place,
And labors ill begun,
To proud achievement in the race
And laurels grandly won,
His trials all she dares to face
As friend and champion.
"Woman's Help" by Hattie Howard
"If e'er, of ancient energy bereaved,
Britannia, bent by menace or design,
Should stain her naval sceptre, hard-achieved,
And yield one claim, one cherish'd right resign:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
You can bet it was h--l in the Southern Hotel
And elsewhere, too many to mention,
But the worst of it all was achieved in the hall
Where the President held his convention.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field
My full design with vast expense achieved,
I came, beheld, admired, reflected, grieved:
I chid the folly of my thoughtless haste,
For, the work perfected, the joy was past.
"Solomon on the Vanity of the World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Pleasure. Book II." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Down Syndrome can't stop Bruce Lee fan from achieving his dream.
Motown Records, which celebrated its 50 anniversary on January 12, 2009, is the first record label owned by an African-American to primarily feature African-American artists who achieved crossover success on white music charts.
Achieving notoriety with 10 chart-topping albums throughout the 70s is certainly a far cry from their early days.
The New York City Department of Education has chosen Blackboard Collaborate in an effort to enhance student achievement and personalize instruction through the iLearnNYC program.
Assign lectures and videos as homework and use class time to achieve economics learning.
Intensive treatment to achieve good glycaemic control in diabetic patients is limited by a high frequency of hypoglycaemia.
Green (LEFT), a wing commander in the Royal Air Force, is the first – and, to date, only – man to have broken the sound barrier on land when he achieved an average speed of 763.005mph in Bloodhound 's predecessor, Thrust SSC.
Blueair Achieves FDA Medical Device Rating May 28, 2004 Printable format Email this Article Search.
The fusion of West African & jazz musical traditions is impeccably achieved in the latest recording from guitarist Lionel Loueke.
Really, how much can a Musca domestica achieve in a 20-day life cycle.
His Act 1 demonstrated prodigious achievement.
Alvin Youngblood Hart achieves the vibe of golden guitar in the first moments of Motivational Speaker.
Award recognizes lifetime achievement and service to the industry.
Raising the achievement of students with learning disabilities is hard, expensive, controversial and complex.
Students from the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates have a new accomplishment to add to their list of achievements – author.

In science:

Of course, the improvement achieved by any single contribution may not be huge, but this mode of research is guaranteed to achieve cumulative progress.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
In order to establish (c), we claim that every achievable PK rate is an achievable SK rate for the reduced PIN model upon using randomization at the terminals in M; by remark (ii) after Proposition 3.1, (c) then follows.
Secret Key Generation for a Pairwise Independent Network Model
Thus, any achievable rate of a PK for A in the given PIN model for PK generation is an achievable rate of a PK for A in the simulated model.
Secret Key Generation for a Pairwise Independent Network Model
Inspired by , and the deterministic multi-valued Byzantine agreement algorithm in our recent technical report , we derive a randomized algorithm that achieves multi-valued Byzantine agreement with high probability, and achieves optimal complexity.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Note that our proof does not exclude the possibility that, as t decreases, kxk(t) could switch from being achieved at the upper bound of the support of µ⊞s x to being achieved at its lower bound.
Laws of large numbers for eigenvectors and eigenvalues associated to random subspaces in a tensor product