Achievement A*chieve"ment (-ment), n. [Cf. F. ach[`e]vement, E. {Hatchment}.] 1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his object. [1913 Webster]

2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat. [1913 Webster]

[The exploits] of the ancient saints . . . do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

The highest achievements of the human intellect. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called {hatchment}. --Cussans. [1913 Webster]

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  • Hatchment — Hatch ment ( ment), n. [Corrupt. fr. achievement.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Her.) A sort of panel, upon which the arms of a deceased person are temporarily displayed, usually on the walls of his dwelling. It is lozenge shaped or square, but is hung… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hatchment — [hach′mənt] n. [for earlier atcheament, altered < ACHIEVEMENT] Heraldry a diamond shaped panel bearing the coat of arms of a person who has recently died, displayed before the house during mourning …   English World dictionary

  • Hatchment — A hatchment is a funeral escutcheon or armorial shield enclosed in a black lozenge shaped frame which used to be suspended against the wall of a deceased person s house. It was usually placed over the entrance at the level of the second floor,… …   Wikipedia

  • hatchment — /hach meuhnt/, n. Heraldry. a square tablet, set diagonally, bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person. [1540 50; var. (by syncopation and aspiration) of ACHIEVEMENT] * * * ▪ heraldry   heraldic memorial to a deceased person. The word is a… …   Universalium

  • hatchment — noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of achievement Date: 1548 a panel on which a coat of arms of a deceased person is temporarily displayed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hatchment — noun An escutcheon of a deceased person, placed within a black lozenge and hung on a wall …   Wiktionary

  • Hatchment — Her. Armorial device or *escutcheon; a painted board displaying the arms of a person who had died, set on their house or in a church …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • hatchment — see ACHIEVE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • hatchment — n. plaque on which the coat of arms of a deceased person is displayed (Heraldry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hatchment — noun a large diamond shaped tablet bearing the coat of arms of someone who has died, displayed in their honour. Origin C16: prob. from obs. Fr. hachement, from OFr. acesmement adornment …   English new terms dictionary

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