A*chieve"ment (-ment), n. [Cf. F.
achèvement, E. Hatchment.] 1. The
act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful
performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his
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.
The highest achievements of the human intellect.
3. (Her.) An escutcheon or ensign armorial;
now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called