3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hatchment \Hatch"ment\ (-ment), noun [Corrupt. fr. achievement.]

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 cornerwise. It is used in England as a means of giving public notification of the death of the deceased, his or her rank, whether married, widower, widow, etc. Called also {achievement}.

His obscure funeral; No trophy, sword, or hatchment o'er his bones. --Shak.

2. A sword or other mark of the profession of arms; in general, a mark of dignity.

Let there be deducted, out of our main potation, Five marks in hatchments to adorn this thigh. --Beau. & Fl.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Achievement \A*chieve"ment\ (-ment), noun [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.

2. 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. --Barrow.

The highest achievements of the human intellect. --Macaulay.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the action of accomplishing something [syn: {accomplishment}, {achievement}]

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