(Ac*cost"), v. i. To adjoin; to lie alongside. [Obs.] "The shores which to the sea accost." Spenser.
(Ac*cost"), n. Address; greeting. [R.] J. Morley.
(Ac*cost"a*ble) a. [Cf. F. accostable.] Approachable; affable. [R.] Hawthorne.
(Ac*cost"ed), a. (Her.) Supported on both sides by other charges; also, side by side.
(||Ac*couche"ment) n. [F., fr. accoucher to be delivered of a child, to aid in delivery,
OF. acouchier orig. to lay down, put to bed, go to bed; L. ad + collocare to lay, put, place. See Collate.]
Delivery in childbed
(||Ac*cou*cheur") n. [F., fr. accoucher. See Accouchement.] A man who assists women
in childbirth; a man midwife; an obstetrician.
(||Ac*cou*cheuse") n. [F.., fem. of accoucher.] A midwife. [Recent] Dunglison.
(Ac*count") n. [OE. acount, account, accompt, OF. acont, fr. aconter. See Account, v. t.,
Count, n., 1.]
1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account
A beggarly account of empty boxes.
2. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and
credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the
3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory
account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground,
consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts.
4. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as,
an account of a battle. "A laudable account of the city of London." Howell.
5. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
Give an account of thy stewardship.
Luke xvi. 2.
6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. "To stand high in your account." Shak.
7. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit. "Men of account." Pope. "To turn to account." Shak.
Account current, a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the
particulars of such an account. In account with, in a relation requiring an account to be kept.
On account of, for the sake of; by reason of; because of. On one's own account, for one's own
interest or behalf. To make account, to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon. [Obs.]
This other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very
scriptures which are commonly urged against it.
To make account of, to hold in estimation; to esteem; as, he makes small account of beauty.
To take account of, or to take into account, to take into consideration; to notice. "Of their doings,
God takes no account." Milton. A writ of account (Law), a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding