acme

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See also: ACME, Acme, and acmé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Directly borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀκμή (akmḗ, point, high point).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæk.mi/
    • (file)

Noun[edit]

acme (plural acmes)

  1. A high point: the highest point of any range, the most developed stage of any process, or the culmination of any field or historical period. [c. 1610]
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:apex
  2. A paragon: a person or thing representing such a high point. [c. 1610]
    • 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], “(please specify the page)”, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 1000392275, pages 260–261:
      The few words of advice she gave him as to escaping political embarrassments, struck him as the acme of wisdom, and as indicating an interest in his well-being of the kindest description;...
  3. (rare) Full bloom or reproductive maturity.
  4. (medicine) Synonym of crisis, the decisive moment in the course of an illness.
  5. Alternative letter-case form of Acme, particularly as a threading format.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀκμή (akmḗ).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈak.me/
  • Rhymes: -akme
  • Hyphenation: àc‧me

Noun[edit]

acme f (invariable)

  1. acme, apex
    Synonyms: apice, culmine, sommità
  2. (medicine) acme

Further reading[edit]

  • acme in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana