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Ace

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A'ce. n.s. [As not only signified a piece of money, but any integer, from whence is derived the word ace, or unit. Thus As signified the whole inheritance. Arbuthnot on Coins.]

  1. An unit; a single point on cards or dice.

    When lots are shuffled together in a lap, urn, or pitcher; or if a man blindfold casts a die, what reason in the world can he have to presume, that he shall draw a white stone rather than a black, or throw an ace rather than a fife. South Sermons.

  2. A small quantity.

    He will not bate an ace of absolute certainty; but however doubtful or improbable the thing is, coming from him it must go for an indisputable truth. Government of the Tongue, § 11.

    I'll not wag an ace farther: the whole world shall not bribe me to it. Dryden's Spanish Friar.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dryden, John (788) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ace." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2413.


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