ache

Definitions

  • Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
    Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ache have a desire for something or someone who is not present "She ached for a cigarette","I am pining for my lover"
    • v ache feel physical pain "Were you hurting after the accident?"
    • v ache be the source of pain
    • n ache a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
    • n Ache A name given to several species of plants; as, smallage, wild celery, parsley.
    • n Ache Continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. “Such an ache in my bones.”☞ Often used in composition, as, a headache, an earache, a toothache.
    • v. i Ache To suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed. "My old bones ache .""The sins that in your conscience ache ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache
    • n ache Pain of some duration, in opposition to sudden twinges or spasmodic pain; a continued dull or heavy pain, as in toothache or earache.
    • n ache Synonyms See pain, n., and agony.
    • ache To suffer pain; have or be in pain, or in continued pain; be distressed physically: as, his whole body ached.
    • n ache A name of garden-parsley, Petroselinum sativum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ache āk a continued pain
    • v.i Ache to be in continued pain:—pr.p. āch′ing; pa.p. āched
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Quotations

  • John Naisbitt
    John Naisbitt
    “One of the best kept secrets in America is that people are aching to make a commitment, if they only had the freedom and environment in which to do so.”
  • Allanah Myles
    Allanah Myles
    “My conscience aches but it's going to lose the fight.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “The weariest and most loathed worldly life, that age, ache, penury and imprisonment can lay on nature is a paradise, to what we fear of death.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.”
  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.”
  • Herman Melville
    Herman%20Melville
    “The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan, imp. ōc, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and akin to agent,

Usage

In literature:

Her muscles pained her, her throat was raw from the water, and when she tried to make herself comfortable her limbs were stiff and aching.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
He was alertly conscious again, but his head ached, and he felt reluctant, even unable, to open his eyes.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
Why should her heart ache over him?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Alma had at first no thought of answering it, yet her fingers ached to do so.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But my head was aching me so bad I thought I wouldn't enjoy the funeral if I did go.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Whereat she dives into our belabored boxes and grabs those ached-over chocolates and hurls them in a pile.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The dull, unfathomable ache of suppressed desire had vanished and he was complacent.
"Stubble" by George Looms
If there was no nerve in your tooth it could not ache.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
Doggedly she kept on, though her shoulders ached, her eyes smarted, and her fingers trembled.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
On the days when Betty's head or back ached there was never any dinner.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

One waste of weary pain,
One dull, unmeaning ache,
A heart too weary even to throb,
Too bruised to break.
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
In my tired, helpless body
I feel my sunk heart ache;
But suddenly, loudly
The far, the great guns shake.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
Any little English baby,
In your place, would bake:
If its head went wag as yours does,
O how it would ache!
"To A Kaffir Baby" by Edith L M King
With all that nature craves,
Fully from thence supplied,
No aching want my bosom heaves
No wish unsatisfied.
"Hymn II" by William Duke
The windows of my room
Are dark with bitter frost,
The stillness aches with doom
Of something loved and lost.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
Our spirits yearn and ache
To forge, from these few years,
What soberer peoples make
From centuries of tears:
"A Simple Song For America" by Karle Wilson Baker

In news:

Throughout the playoffs Dr Mary Collings laid her healing hands upon Dirk's aching back in a crack-ya-bones sorta chiropractic way.
I was lying on the living room floor seeking relief from an aching back.
Meandering Montreal rocker Sam Roberts' dad rock aches with in-denial loss.
His ice pick felt like dead weight in his aching hand and the crampon spikes on the soles of his boots made walking even more painful.
Back then, boys had the cooties, chocolate gave me a tummy ache and the best jewelry was still made out of candy.
The Dawson County 4H Council announced at the recent 4H Ach-ievement Barbecue their 4H nominees to represent Dawson County in the State competition of the 4H Awards/Incentives program.
ACHE invites eligible students to submit high-quality essays with a focus on health management topics such as.
I saw by the slump of his shoulders that his back ached.
Put an end to aching feet and legs this shopping, baking and decorating season with Therafirm compression products available in knee high, pantyhose or men's hosiery.
For No 20 Louisville, it was heartache and just plain aches.
Tummy-aching comedy 'Miracle and Wonder' leaves food for thought at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights.
Being brave in such games can lead to a stomach ache or even serious medical problems.
Sometimes you just want to laugh till your sides ache.
The moment Mark Spiro walked into G&K Services, an industrial laundry in Waterbury, the steamy air stung his eyes and made his head ache.
Waterbury, the steamy air stung his eyes and made his head ache.
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In science:

This appro ach is not just convenient for logic programmers, but it also leads to a very compact implementation of strategic programming expressiveness.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
We brie fly describe this appro ach to pave our way to specific applications.
On hybrid simulation schemes for stochastic reaction dynamics
Fig. 8. — Positional offset vs. off-axis angle (computed in e ach observational field) for sources in the main Chandra catalog that were matched to optical sources from the WFI R-band image to within 2.′′ 5.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
Fig. 11. — B- field components in cylindrical coordinates at e ach fluxel center location in the Gold-Hoyle flux tube solution in Figure 10.
Fluxon Modeling of Low-Beta Plasmas
In this way, private and public sectors (from physicians over hospitals, administrations, up to schools and universities) are aching under the evaluation-related administrative load, while little time remains to perform the work that the corresponding experts have been trained for.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
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