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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. A place of training; a school. "Academies of fanaticism." --Hume. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Academy figure (Paint.), a drawing usually half life-size, in crayon or pencil, after a nude model. [1913 Webster]