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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Academy  \A*cad"e*my\,  n.;  pl  {Academies}.  [F.  acad['e]mie,  L. 
  academia.  Cf  {Academe}.] 
  1.  A  garden  or  grove  near  Athens  (so  named  from  the  hero 
  Academus),  where  Plato  and  his  followers  held  their 
  philosophical  conferences;  hence  the  school  of  philosophy 
  of  which  Plato  was  head. 
 
  2.  An  institution  for  the  study  of  higher  learning;  a  college 
  or  a  university.  Popularly,  a  school,  or  seminary  of 
  learning,  holding  a  rank  between  a  college  and  a  common 
  school. 
 
  3.  A  place  of  training;  a  school.  ``Academies  of 
  fanaticism.''  --Hume. 
 
  4.  A  society  of  learned  men  united  for  the  advancement  of  the 
  arts  and  sciences,  and  literature,  or  some  particular  art 
  or  science;  as  the  French  Academy;  the  American  Academy 
  of  Arts  and  Sciences;  academies  of  literature  and 
  philology. 
 
  5.  A  school  or  place  of  training  in  which  some  special  art  is 
  taught;  as  the  military  academy  at  West  Point;  a  riding 
  academy;  the  Academy  of  Music. 
 
  {Academy  figure}  (Paint.),  a  drawing  usually  half  life-size, 
  in  crayon  or  pencil,  after  a  nude  model. 




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