Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ache \Ache\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ached; p. pr. & vb. n.
Aching.] [OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan,
imp. [=o]c, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and
akin to agent.]
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.
Ach \Ach\, Ache \Ache\, n. [F. ache, L. apium parsley.]
A name given to several species of plants; as, smallage, wild
celery, parsley. [Obs.]
Ache \Ache\, n. [OE. ache, AS. [ae]ce, ece, fr. acan to ache.
See Ache, v. i.]
Continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or
spasmodic pain. ``Such an ache in my bones.''
Note: Often used in composition, as, a headache, an earache, a toothache.
Ache may refer to:
- Ache, a chronic, painful sensation
Ache (Foetus album)
Ache is a You've Got Foetus on Your Breath album first released in 1982 on Self Immolation Records. Thirsty Ear reissued the album as a CD in 1997 in the US. Both releases were limited editions: only 1,500 copies of the LP and 4,000 copies of the CD were produced. Ache, along with its predecessor, Deaf, was recorded in an 8-track studio.
The Ache LP is Self Immolation #WOMB OYBL 2. The CD re-release is Ectopic Ents #ECT ENTS 013.
Aché (Merceditas Valdés album)
Aché is a 1982 album by the Cuban singer Merceditas Valdés. It was a return to recording after a long absence from the studio, and the first of four albums of Yoruba-roots influenced music.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related: Ached; aching.
early 15c., æche, from Old English æce, from Proto-Germanic *akiz, from same source as ache (v.).
n. a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain [syn: aching]
n. A language spoken by the Yi people of South-Western China.
Usage examples of "ache".
Her bare foot dragged across it, abrading the skin and producing a burning pain that somehow seemed far worse than any of the aches and stings emanating from the other injuries Mrs.
Lord knew she ached to, with her insides abuzz and his warmth running up her side.
He had been with Mwynwen frequently, either in his own chambers or her house, resting and leaching out of his body the subliminal aches and slight sickness that extended exposure to iron caused .
Still, her heart ached a little at the thought of that innocent victim.
Pasgen would read in her words how much her arms ached to curve around a small, warm body, to hold a child that wriggled and laughed and cuddled against her for comfort.
Another moment she could see, as if through a dirtied window, some place she knew, but had lost, and her old bones ached with wanting to be there.
Nay, he decided, forcing himself to ignore the pulsing hardness between his thighs and the churning of his blood which ached for the satisfaction that only her body could provide.
Of a sudden, he ached to consummate this marriage with his wedded wife.
And the reason why he hesitated to do that which his body ached for-Steven of Gravely.
With the heel of his palm on the underside, he flicked a callused thumb back and forth across the pebbled tip until her breast felt heavy and ached for some fulfillment she could not understand.
A raw and overwhelming grief flooded her, and her throat ached with defeat.
She ached for the return of her husband, for the love she had apparently lost.
She ached to be outside in the fresh air, to be dressed in her oldest jeans, turning over spades full of soft loamy earth, feeling the excitement and pleasure of siting the bulbs, of allowing her imagination to paint for her the colourful picture they would make in the spring, in their uniform beds set among lawn pathways and bordered by a long deep border of old-fashioned perennial plants.
She had ached to point out that the shockingly expensive hairdresser who cut it once monthly and the even more horrendously expensive lightening procedure which involved a trip to London every month could hardly be described as natural, but what was the point?
She was always so self-contained, so immaculate, so perfectly poised and turned out that his need to see her with her mouth swollen after love, her hair tangled by his fingers, her eyes languorous and heavy, her breathing quickened, sharp and desirous, was sometimes so great that he ached to reach out and take hold of her.