Ace n.; pl. Aces
1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds.
2. Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.
I 'll not wag an ace further. --Dryden.
3. Sport A single point won by a stroke, as in handball, rackets, etc.; in tennis, frequently, a point won by a service stroke.
To bate an ace, to make the least abatement. [Obs.]
Within an ace of, very near; on the point of.
adj : 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" [syn: A-one, crack, first-rate,
super, tiptop, topnotch, tops(p)]
n 1: 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" [syn: one, 1, I,
2: one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on
3: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: adept,
champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius,
hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard,
4: a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an are
extending from Norway to Turkey [syn: Allied Command
5: a serve that the receiver is unable to reach
v 1: succeed at easily; "She sailed through her exams"; "You will
pass with flying colors"; "She nailed her astrophysics
course" [syn: breeze through, pass with flying colors,
sweep through, sail through, nail]
2: score an ace against; "He aced his opponents"
3: play (a hole) in one stroke
4: serve an ace against (someone)