Adjective "ace" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/eɪs/

Definitions and examples

noun

A playing card with a single spot on it, ranked as the highest card in its suit in most card games.
  1. figurative 'life had started dealing him aces again'
  2. 'I started with the queen of diamonds and spades, an ace of clubs, five of hearts and three of diamonds.'
  3. 'Trump cards beat all other cards and aces are low.'
  4. 'He flicked his wrist and an ace of spades appeared.'
  5. 'Lynn's cards are strong - she has the ace of diamonds, the ace and queen of clubs, the ace and king of hearts.'
  6. 'If you set down a face card, an ace, or a joker, then next person has a certain number of chances to set down one of those cards.'
  7. 'When played as the High Card, jokers rank as aces.'
  8. 'The black aces are permanent trumps, independent of which suit otherwise is trumps.'
  9. 'Your opponent has only one card left and you know it is the ace of trumps.'
  10. 'At the end of the following hand it is noted who held the ace of hearts at the end of the auction.'
  11. 'The cards keep their usual ranks except for the ace which can be either the highest or lowest ranked card in a suit at the whim of the person playing it.'
A person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.
  1. 'The Kiwi ace piled up 24 points with a try and 10 goals before being given a rest after an hour when it was 60-6.'
  2. 'The Pontefract-based ace will captain a four-man team.'
  3. 'Olympic champion Maurice Greene's status as the world's No 1 sprinter looks shakier than ever and a host of other top name American stars have struggled as Britain's track aces, led by Campbell, bloom.'
  4. 'Goal ace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept Manchester United in the Premiership title race with a typical smash-and-grab at Filbert Street.'
  5. 'The motorcycle ace won a world title on the all-powerful Honda last year and then celebrated victory by signing for the all-powerless Yamaha.'
  6. 'His elder sister, a computer ace, spent second grade doing research on the Internet, delving into Greek myths and studying artists.'
  7. 'A football signed by Brazilian ace and World Cup winner Rivaldo is set to be auctioned off to raise funds for the York City Supporters' Trust.'
  8. 'Meanwhile, next up for the talented tennis ace is a trip to Florida where he has been invited to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.'
  9. 'The Canadian ace took charge of the ball before converting his fourth goal in five games.'
  10. 'The Chorley ace starred alongside Olympic record holder Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean as the British team left Poland trailing by more than a second in the sprint final.'
  11. 'a Battle of Britain ace'
  12. 'He had already shot down five planes to become an ace and was doing a good job running the squadron.'
  13. 'Typical of the series, this entry provides four pages of summary information on Luftwaffe aces and their battles with Allied pilots.'
  14. 'The Imperial War Museum yesterday said it would continue to invite German war veterans to its shows, despite criticism over the appearance of one of the Luftwaffe's greatest aces.'
  15. 'Fleeting allusions to female fighter aces or the exploits of a night-bomber regiment known as the ‘Night Witches’ occasionally crop up.'
  16. 'Nine of the squadron pilots became aces, and five were awarded the RAF Distinguished Flying Cross.'
  17. 'Walsh was undoubtedly a hero but his experiences were also typical of many other USMC and Navy Corsair pilots - aces or not.'
  18. 'Also, while researching the particular aircraft, Craig discovered an astounding fact - the plane had actually been flown by one of Germany's leading aces.'
  19. 'Stationed for a tour in West Germany, he became friends with many Luftwaffe aces.'
  20. 'Despite his appearance, he was a formidable pilot who became an ace and earned the DFC.'
  21. 'He became an ace 10 days before his 21st birthday, during the invasion of Sicily.'
(in tennis and similar games) a service that an opponent is unable to return and thus wins a point.
  1. 'He finished three of his first four service games with an ace.'
  2. 'The hardest server in the world, he compiled 13 aces in today's game but was broken once in each set, including at love to fall behind 5-4 in the second.'
  3. 'I then win a duel at the net before I take the game with an ace.'
  4. 'A forehand crosscourt, backhand down the line, a couple of aces.'
  5. 'His serve improved as he fired down five aces in his first two service games.'
  6. 'The final game saw Carlow run into an early lead of eight aces, and were looking good.'
  7. 'She hit a second-serve ace to save the first and a backhand winner to salvage the second.'
  8. 'He finished with 18 aces and 41 service winners, and won despite breaking serve just twice.'
  9. 'Their response to the whisper of defeat was the second-serve ace, the cross-court winner - the diamond hardness of their minds.'
  10. 'The Chinese served better than they had in previous matches against the Americans, with five aces, and they set up their offense better, with 61 kills.'
  11. 'his hole in one at the 15th was Senior's second ace as a professional'
  12. 'It was the second ace for the 24-handicap player.'
  13. 'A search in the bushes failed as the ball had dropped in the hole for an ace.'
  14. 'Kevin scored the ace on the 16th hole, which also secured him the prize of nearest the pin.'
  15. 'The funny thing is, because I'd played that hole so many times when I could see, I have this clear vision of all three of my aces.'
  16. 'He provided the highlight on Saturday with an ace at the par three 2nd hole, his second ace in five weeks!'
  17. 'It was his second ace following one at Fulford's fifth hole.'
  18. 'But his next goal is to become the oldest person ever to record an ace.'
  19. 'Her first hole-in-one gave the couple an ace on all four of the course's par 3s.'
  20. 'Mike used a pitching wedge to hit a low, piercing drive into the 17th green for the ace.'
  21. 'He opened the defense of his title with 14 aces in the first 16 holes.'

adjective

Very good.
  1. as exclamation 'Ace! You've done it!'
  2. 'All I wanna know is why this ace MC is wasting his time with a throwaway re-hash of every track about a shorty ever written.'
  3. 'She brought me back lots of little ace presents from New York - including a copy of the Village Voice, whose personal ads I'll be settling down with later.'
  4. 'A peek into the world of an ace swimmer who had everything going for him until calamity came calling one day, it is the kind of brave cinema that has been making its presence felt in recent times.'
  5. 'I spoke to a couple of ace gardeners recently in a mad bid to investigate the best native plants for my downtown rental cottage.'
  6. 'If gift articles have characteristics of ace craftsmanship, they also merit to be preserved as things of beauty.'
  7. 'Poet, publisher and ace volunteer discusses her literary loves.'
  8. 'The ace photographer has decided to go beyond his lens-work and has started a production house.'
  9. 'I have repotted the coriander seedlings, which are still winning the prize for most vigorous specimens, and which have ace roots.'
  10. 'I just found out today that the man from Japan is coming to visit us over Christmas, this is ace news because we haven't seen him for a couple of years.'
  11. 'The Forestry Commission car park on Clay Bank Top normally provides ace views of the Cleveland Plain, but there was nothing but an impenetrable gloom.'

verb

(in tennis and similar games) serve an ace against (an opponent)
  1. 'Castle and Boris aced it all the way to the final, with Castle clinching the title while describing it as the most terrifying thing he's ever done.'
  2. 'Carmen aced four serves with the remaining serves so strong, that the Dublin team could only send over a weak reply which was duly punished by fabulous hitting from Eimhinn, Gabrielle and Carlow's captain, Christine Harte.'
  3. 'The balance and agility you gain will have you leaping above your opponents at beach-volleyball matches, acing your game on the tennis court and more.'
  4. 'Today Prakash, Vijay's 19-year-old son and Stephen, Anand's 18-year-old son are acing their way into the tennis circuit that is a lot tougher than the ones their fathers played in their days.'
  5. 'Harsh then punched out a return and set Carraz on the match point and the Frenchman aced his way to the final.'
  6. 'there was a prize for the first player to ace the hole'
  7. 'He recorded the highlight of the weekend by acing the par 3 15th hole.'
  8. 'Using the same ball and the same club, he aced the 167 yard fifth hole at Slade Valley.'
  9. 'Allenby aced the 179-yard 11 th, helping him finish in the top 10 for the first time this year.'
  10. 'Playing her first full round of golf, with two friends and an adult in July, Smiley, 12, aced the 110-yard 11 th hole at Lomas Santa Fe Executive Course.'
  11. 'Playing at Churchill Valley Country Club in Pittsburgh, the 3-handicapper aced the 156-yard par - 3 third for the sixth hole-in-one of his career.'
  12. 'The 34-year-old former paratrooper aced the 16th hole and then birdied the last for a final round 68 and a two-stroke 14-under winning total.'
  13. 'He was the fourth member of his family to ace the same hole - No.9 at Squaw Creek Country Club in Vienna, Ohio.'
  14. 'She aced two par three holes during a round at the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, at odds of 14 million-to-one.'
  15. 'After he had aced the 141-yard 13 th with an 8-iron, he approached his wife's group to share the news.'
  16. 'The South African world number two, looking to lift the Claret Jug for the second time, was three under with eight holes to play after acing the par-three eighth.'
Achieve high marks in (a test or exam)
  1. 'I remember once in sixth grade, we had this big test, and she gave me a whole pep talk on how to focus and everything, and I aced the test.'
  2. 'You're more likely to ace the test if you study in spurts with occasional breaks in between.'
  3. 'But, she's doing good, just aced another test as usual.'
  4. 'Any studious teen can memorize the driver's ed guidebook to ace the written exam.'
  5. 'It was the kind of feeling you had in school when you knew that you had aced the test.'
  6. 'I whizzed through my GCSEs, acing geography with the only perfect score in the country.'
  7. 'He resat his Leaving Certificate, aced his exams and restarted at UCD in 2002 as a medical student.'
  8. 'You know the information inside and out, and feel ready to ace this test!'
  9. 'Expecting to ace a test you didn't study for isn't optimism-it's dreaming!'
  10. 'I actually aced the tests and got great scores - which cracked me up.'
  11. 'the magazine won an award, acing out its rivals'
  12. 'She'll likely lose Best Pop Album to McCartney, while Kelly Clarkson's ‘Since U Been Gone,’ strangely snubbed from the Record of the Year race, should ace her out of the prize for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.'
  13. 'Finally, I had to have a talk with him and explain that I appreciated his enthusiasm, but he needed to include me, not ace me out, or else we were going to have problems.'
  14. 'How can your competitor get away with not adding that tax and ace you out of yet another job?'
  15. 'In fact, as I was anxiously thinking these thoughts, a couple aced us out of the last table in the screened-in porch.'
  16. 'Most print dealers were so desperate that they would undercut your price by a measly hundred dollars just to ace you out of a deal.'

Definitions

1. a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot: He dealt me four aces in the first hand.

2. a single spot or mark on a playing card or die.

3. Also called service ace. a placement made on a service. any placement. a serve that the opponent fails to touch. the point thus scored.

4. a fighter pilot credited with destroying a prescribed number or more of enemy aircraft, usually five, in combat.

5. a very skilled person; expert; adept: an ace at ta

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be ace on machines."

"people can be ace at subjects."

"people can be ace."

"surfaces can be ace."

"people/places/organizations can be ace."

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Origin

Middle English (denoting the ‘one’ on dice): via Old French from Latin as ‘unity, a unit’.

Phrase

an ace up one's sleeve
hold all the aces
play one's ace
within an ace of