• Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks
    Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ace of the highest quality "an ace reporter","a crack shot","a first-rate golfer","a super party","played top-notch tennis","an athlete in tiptop condition","she is absolutely tops"
    • v ace serve an ace against (someone)
    • v ace play (a hole) in one stroke
    • v ace score an ace against "He aced his opponents"
    • v ace succeed at easily "She sailed through her exams","You will pass with flying colors","She nailed her astrophysics course"
    • n ace a serve that the receiver is unable to reach
    • n ace one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face
    • n ACE a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an area extending from Norway to Turkey
    • n ace someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    • n ace the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it","they had lunch at one"
    • n ACE proteolytic enzyme that converts angiotensin I into angiotensin II
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild Bill Hickok was killed playing poker, holding two pairs aces and eights, which has become known as 'Dead Man's Hand.'
    • Ace (Sport) A single point won by a stroke, as in handball, rackets, etc.; in tennis, frequently, a point won by a service stroke.
    • Ace A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds.
    • Ace Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot. "I 'll not wag an ace further."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The youngest American female to score an ace was Shirley Kunde in August 1943 at age 13.
    • n ace A unit; specifically, a single pip on a card or die, or a card or die marked with a single pip.
    • n ace A very small quantity; a particle; an atom; a trifle: as, the creditor will not abate an ace of his demand.
    • n ace A noun-suffix occurring in populace, pinnace, etc. (which see). It is not used as an English formative. In menace, grimace, and other words, the suffix is of different origin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the band KISS, Gene Simmons was "The Demon", Paul Stanley was "Star Child", Ace Frehley was "Space Man", and Peter Criss was "The Cat.
    • n Ace ās the one at dice, also at cards, dominoes, &c.: a single point, an atom.
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  • Jim Carrey
    Jim Carrey
    “Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass.”
  • Eugene Field
    Eugene Field
    “Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Smith and Wesson or a Colt always beat four aces.”


Ace in the hole - An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the time is right.
Ace up your sleeve - If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about.
Hold all the aces - If you hold all the aces, you have all the advantages and your opponents or rivals are in a weak position.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. As
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. as, unity—as, Tarentine Doric form of Gr. heis, one.


In literature:

The reddleman looked grim, threw a raffle of aces, and pocketed the stakes.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
I was within an ace of being defeated today; and you may not be close at hand to come to my rescue next time.
"The Lion of Saint Mark" by G. A. Henty
This den of ours opens on the river's edge, and, two days since, his Indians came within an ace of nabbing me.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Now, either he, or Carver, slipped an extra ace into the pack, or else Beaucaire did.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
I came within an ace of blazing away at you, but I happened to recognize your figure and step just in the nick of time.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
Flosi and his men all took to their arms, and it was within an ace that they would fall to blows.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
The card-players had thrown down their cards just as the plumber was about to trump an ace.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
As well call the ace of spades by the same name.
"The Boston Terrier and All About It" by Edward Axtell
Flirtation is the only game in which it is advisable and popular to trump one's partner's ace.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
A lump rose in my throat and for the first time I was within an ace of breaking-down.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney

In poetry:

So let us sing: Long live the King,
Long live the Queen and Jack,
Long live the ten-spot and the ace,
And also all the pack.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
The ‘play’ ran high - and the way Basil won
His luck it was hard to believe
‘Til one of the gang made him take off his boots
And so - found an ace up his sleeve.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett
Den I say--"Dat's von very hard case;
Can tree jacks beat four kings und some ace?
Ven ve hafn't de card
Ve must bluff britty hard,
Or shoost trow down our hand in disgrace.
"The Kaiser Consults Fritz" by Abner Cosens
Yet the cards they were stocked
In a way that I grieve,
And my feelings were shocked
At the state of Nye's sleeve,
Which was stuffed full of aces and bowers,
And the same with intent to deceive.
"Plain Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
If they fought at close quarters or after ‘twas night,
Well, Pan Handle Johnny would finish the fight.
But take it in daylight at thirty five paces
Old Billy could shoot the spots out of the aces.
"The Duel" by Bruce Kiskaddon
Henri Dupont was a fearless young ace;
Five thousand feet up he was hit;
Each year on his grave pretty flowers we place—
And his widow is now Mrs. Schmitt,
Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Schmitt!
"Song For Heroes" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

V state champions, the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces were the big kids on the block entering Saturday's regional final game against Smithville.
The season two finalist debuts her latest dance single, co-written and produced by season five's Ace Young.
Madelyn Pearce earned tournament MVP honors with 25 kills, three aces, and three digs.
Ace pitcher Olivia Larson and her Tolman High teammates will face Woonsocket High on Saturday night at Slater Park in the opener of the Division II double-elimination round.
Sequim JV ace Olivia Kirsch pitches against Olympic on April 20.
Dickey's face lit up when he saw Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield, and the New York Mets' ace greeted both with a big hug in front of the dugout.
MLB ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK: After Verlander, Cain named starting pitchers, Posey says catching Mets ace Dickey's knuckleball would've been 'challenge'.
Lackey , Arizona's ace, Kerry Wood.
Former Vanderbilt pitching ace Gray signs with Oakland A's.
With the help of a county land bank and a city redevelopment agency, Rylee's Ace Hardware is planning a new store on the site of an abandoned gas station in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Universal and DreamWorks circled the wagons to buy "Cowboys & Aliens," a double-genre pitch that will become the next writing and directing assignment for Steve Oedekerk, who handled that double duty on "Ace Ventura.
Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a right latissimus dorsi strain, the latest major setback for the five-time NL East champions.
ACE Hardware Reduces Inventory by Increasing Lead Time Dependability.
After all, to put Hannibal Lecter on TV you'd need some ace casting, no.
Lee Trevino jokes with the crowd after teeing off on the first day of the ACE Group Classic at The Quarry on Friday, Feb 12, 2010, in Collier County.

In science:

To this end, as well as running at a fourth superfine lattice sp acing, we have been examining other gold-plated quantities in charm physics calculable using the HISQ action.
Precision charm physics, m_c and alpha_s from lattice QCD
In particular, we present the scientific motivations of the space pro jects ACES (Salomon 2001) and SAGAS (Wolf 2009).
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
The frequency resolution that the ACES microwave link should reach in operational conditions is surpassing by one to two orders of magnitude the existing satellite time transfer comparison methods based on the GPS system and TWSTFT (Two Way Satellite Time and Frequency Transfer) (Bauch 2006).
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
For the ACES mission, due to the low orbit of the ISS and the limited duration of each pass (300-400 s) over a given ground station, the common view technique will be suitable for comparing ground clocks over continental distances, for instance within Europe or USA or Japan.
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
From this point of view, ACES will take full advantage of the recent progress of optical clocks (Rosenband 2008, Ludlow 2008), reaching today instability and inaccuracy levels of 2 parts in 1017 .
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks