ac·ces·sion /ɪkˈsɛʃən, æk-/
1. A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined; as, a king's accession to a confederacy.
2. Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation from without; as, an accession of wealth or territory.
The only accession which the Roman empire received was the province of Britain. --Gibbon.
3. Law (a) A mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the part or thing added, or the improvement (provided the thing is not changed into a different species). Thus, the owner of a cow becomes the owner of her calf. (b) The act by which one power becomes party to engagements already in force between other powers.
4. The act of coming to or reaching a throne, an office, or dignity; as, the accession of the house of Stuart; -- applied especially to the epoch of a new dynasty.
5. Med. The invasion, approach, or commencement of a disease; a fit or paroxysm.
Syn: -- Increase; addition; augmentation; enlargement.
n 1: a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or
group); "the art collectin grew through accession"
2: (civil law) the right to all of that which your property
produces whether by growth or improvement
3: something added to what you already have; "the librarian
shelved the new accessions"; "he was a new addition to the
staff" [syn: addition]
4: agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly);
"accession to such demands would set a dangerous
precedent"; "assenting to the Congressional determination"
5: the right to enter [syn: entree, access, admittance]
6: the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or
right or position (especially the throne); "Elizabeth's
accession in 1558" [syn: rise to power]
v : make a record of additions to a collection, such as a