ace

1 of 7

noun (1)

1
a
: a die face marked with one spot
b
: a playing card marked in its center with one pip
c
: a domino end marked with one spot
2
: a very small amount or degree : particle
3
: a point scored especially on a service (as in tennis or handball) that an opponent fails to touch
4
: a golf score of one stroke on a hole
also : a hole made in one stroke
5
: a combat pilot who has brought down at least five enemy airplanes
6
a
: a person who excels at something
a computer ace
b
: the best pitcher on a baseball team
the ace of the staff

ace

2 of 7

verb

aced; acing

transitive verb

1
: to score an ace against (an opponent)
2
: to make (a hole in golf) in one stroke
3
: to gain a decisive advantage over : defeat
usually used with out
4
a
: to earn a high grade on (something, such as an examination)
especially : to get an A on
b
: to perform extremely well in
he aced every subject

ace

3 of 7

adjective (1)

: of first or high rank or quality
an ace mechanic

ace

4 of 7

noun (2)

plural aces
: an asexual person (see asexual sense 3b)
Like many other aces and aros, I grew up thinking I was broken. I was 19 before I heard the words "asexual" or "aromantic," before I found out that there were other people in the world like me.Mikayla Micomonaco

ace

5 of 7

adjective (2)

: asexual
But ace individuals often still feel romantic attraction toward others, as well as a drive to cultivate intimate, loving relationships—just without an intrinsic interest in pursuing the sexual aspect.Taryn Deoilers

Ace

6 of 7

trademark

used for a bandage with elastic properties

ACE

7 of 7

abbreviation

1
American Council on Education
2
ˌā-(ˌ)sē-ˈē How to pronounce ACE (audio)
ˈās-
angiotensin converting enzyme
The ACE inhibitors are designer molecules developed specifically to attach to their target enzyme and prevent it from activating angiotensin. Virtually the only thing these drugs do in the body is to interact with ACE. However, ACE is not a very specific enzyme; it acts on hormones besides angiotensin.Harvard Medical Health Letter
Phrases
ace in the hole
1
: an ace dealt face down to a player (as in stud poker) and not exposed until the showdown
2
: an effective and decisive argument or resource held in reserve
within an ace of
: on the point of : very near to
came within an ace of winning

Examples of ace in a Sentence

Noun (1) She won the match by scoring more than 30 aces. took a few lessons with a tennis ace to improve his backhand Verb She aced her entrance exams. He aced his annual physical. He aced his opponent on the last point of the match.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Harp, who will also play beach volleyball at UCA, is more than just an offensive force, finishing with a team-best 2.9 digs per set along with 33 aces and 43 blocks. Paul Boyd, arkansasonline.com, 19 Nov. 2023 Now, let your body chill for a bit and congratulate yourself for your ace first aid mastery. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 15 Nov. 2023 Corbin Burnes, Tyler Glasnow and Dylan Cease are all established aces who could potentially be traded by their current teams. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Libero Makena Roberts delivered three aces in the set. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2023 Middle blocker Zoi Evans added five blocks, while Courtney Jackson served up three aces. Paul Boyd, Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2023 An elegant hand — all ones and nines (akin to the aces and kings in a deck of cards), a flush of chi, a pong of every wind — is liable to bankrupt one’s opponents. Rudy Lee, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Apart While the Dodgers are down 2-0 in the series — including an 11-2 Game 1 thumping in which regular season ace Clayton Kershaw got shellacked with six runs in the first inning — Costas has been in the broadcasting booth to call it all. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023 Both are lifelong fans who’ve been deeply influenced by the country legend and his ace band, the Cherokee Cowboys, and both knew Price personally. Nancy Kruh, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023
Verb
Queen Letizia and her teens aced summer style in breezy dresses and espadrilles — a favorite vacation combination! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023 Or break a sweat in non-sauna form: Play tennis, paddle tennis, or squash; conquer the climbing wall; ace a serve on the beach volleyball court; or simply go for a run around your beautiful environs. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 Queen Elizabeth aced her starring part in the Paddington Bear skit from the Platinum Jubilee when asked to channel her inner grandmother! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 India aced the first in-flight test of the crew escape system for the country's Gaganyaan spacecraft Saturday, Ars reports. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 Seven-time Pro Bowler Jackie Slater, the father of Patriots’ special teams ace Matthew Slater, is one of them. Khari Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023 Lately, some of our favorite style icons have been sporting the tennis jewelry trend in a more casual way— and acing it. Samantha Solomon, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2023 When confronted by tricky financial challenges after immense gains in earning power went to Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hil, the Chiefs aced all three tests, Corry said. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 His first three tries put him in pre-calculus, a blow for a student who aced honors physics and computer science in high school. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2023
Adjective
Joining him were a band of equally ace musicians with Windy City roots, including guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, bassist Junius Paul, keyboardist Andrew Toombs, and drummer Brandon Collins. Rolling Stone, 10 Aug. 2023 And that number doesn’t include C.J. Goodwin who is a special teams ace, but plays corner in a pinch. David Moore, Dallas News, 5 June 2023 In its pairing of ace British actors — Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins — and in its strange-but-true tale of working-class Brits breaking the rules, Phantom recalls The Duke (also a Sony Pictures Classics release), although that recent Jim Broadbent–Helen Mirren starrer has a heavier undercurrent. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 The case for: Giants fans delighted in Rodón’s historic strikeout rate and would have loved to see the lefty, along with co-ace Logan Webb, pitch in a playoff series. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Nov. 2022 An ace American skier who faltered and went home empty-handed. Ted Anthony, ajc, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English as, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin ass-, ās "copper money piece (at first a pound, but progressively reduced to a half-ounce), pound unit of weight, unit," of uncertain origin

Note: The word ās has been compared within Latin to asser "wooden beam, pole, post" (generalized from a plural asserēs, from a singular *assis?) and assis, axis (by hypercorrection?) "plank, board," though any relationship is far from certain. A loanword from Etruscan?

Verb

derivative of ace entry 1

Adjective (1)

derivative of ace entry 1

Noun (2)

short for asexual, with spelling copying ace entry 1

Adjective (2)

from attributive use of ace entry 4

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (1)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

2008, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

2009, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ace was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ace. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

ace

1 of 3 noun
1
: a playing card with one large figure in its center
2
: a very small amount or degree
within an ace of winning
3
: a point scored on a serve (as in tennis) that an opponent fails to touch
4
: a golf hole made in one stroke
5
a
: a combat pilot who has shot down at least five enemy airplanes
b
: a person who is expert at something

ace

2 of 3 verb
aced; acing
1
: to score an ace against
the tennis player aced her opponent
2
: to earn the grade of A on (an examination)

ace

3 of 3 adjective
: of first or high rank or quality

Medical Definition

Ace

1 of 2 trademark
used for a bandage with elastic properties

ACE

2 of 2 abbreviation

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