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Ache appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Eh, Canada had an ache?
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Definition of the noun ache

What does ache mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aches

  1. a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain

Alternative definition of the noun ache


  1. Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.
  2. [obsolete] Parsley.
  3. [rare] A variant spelling of 'aitch'.

Definition of the verb ache

What does ache mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ached | aching | aches

  1. feel physical pain
    • example: Sam and Sue ache
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of ache: hurt / suffer
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific words:
  2. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    • example: She ached for a cigarette
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Experiencer] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]John oft hankered to move up the corporate ladderVerbs of Desire: crave, fall, hanker, hope, hunger, itch, long, lust, pine, pray, thirst, wish, yearn
      [Experiencer] [Verb] for [Theme]Danny longs for a sunny day
      [Cause] [Verb] by [Experiencer]The beauty of the Grand Canyon has been marveled over by countless touristsVerbs of Psychological State: hurt, suffer
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]I will suffer
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] from [Cause]I suffered from occasional blackouts
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of ache: languish / pine / yearn / yen
    • more generic words: hanker / long / yearn = desire strongly or persistently
    • more specific word: die = languish as with love or desire
  3. be the source of pain
    • example: Did his feet ache?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My eyes are itching | My heart is pounding
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] from / at [Cause]My heart is pounding from fear

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): burn, hum, pound, prickle, pucker, reel, smart, spin, split, sting, swim, throb, tickle, tingle.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of ache: hurt / smart
    • more generic term: cause to be perceived = have perceptible qualities
    • more specific terms:
      • sting / bite / burn = cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
      • burn = feel hot or painful
      • itch = have or perceive an itch
      • hunger = feel the need to eat
      • thirst = feel the need to drink
      • act up = make itself felt as a recurring pain
      • throb = pulsate or pound with abnormal force
      • shoot = cause a sharp and sudden pain in

Alternative definition of the verb ache


  1. [intransitive] To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.


Ache a.k.a. Aché is one of the biggest Brazilian pharmaceutical company, is based in Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo and was founded in 1922. It is a company with 100% national capital.

  • also known as Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos S/A
  • official website:


Ache is a musical group.


  1. "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.
  2. "Ache" is a musical single of James Carrington.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  3. "Ache" is a musical album of Anticonformance.
  4. "Ache" is a composition.
  5. "Ache" is a composition.
  6. "Ache" is a musical album of Ballgagger.
  7. "Ache" is a composition.


  1. ACHE a.k.a. Acetylcholinesterase, also known as AChE or acetylhydrolase, is a hydrolase that hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. AChE is found at mainly neuromuscular junctions and cholinergic brain synapses, where its activity serves to terminate synaptic transmission. It belongs to carboxylesterase family of enzymes. It is the primary target of inhibition by organophosphorus compounds such as nerve agents and pesticides.
  2. Ache a.k.a. The Aché people are a traditional hunter-gatherer tribe living in eastern Paraguay.
  3. Ache a.k.a. Aché Language: Aché, also known as Guayaki, is a Guarani language of Paraguay. The six Aché dialects are distinct enough to cause some problems with communication.
  4. Ache is a symptom.
    • also known as Aching pain
  5. Ache a.k.a. Ashe Language is an human language.
  6. Ache a.k.a. acetylcholinesterase (Yt blood group) is a gene.
    • also known as apoptosis-related acetylcholinesterase, acetylcholinesterase

Phrases with Ache

  1. ache for
  2. Ball Ache
  3. face-ache
  4. head ache
  5. Belly Ache
  6. stomach ache

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ache

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Google previewPhilosophy of Mind (2003)

Contemporary Readings by Timothy O'Connor, David Robb

Admittedly Wittgenstein says that though the sensation "is not a something," it is nevertheless "not a nothing either" (§ 304I, but this need only mean that the word "ache" has a use. An ache is a thing, but only in the innocuous sense in which ...

Google previewPhilosophical Inquiry (2007)

Classic and Contemporary Readings by Jonathan Eric Adler, Catherine Z. Elgin

An ache is a thing, but only in the innocuous sense in which the plain man, in the first paragraph of Frege's Foundations of...

Google previewTheories of Mind (2006)

An Introductory Reader by Maureen Eckert

An ache is a thing, but only in...

Google previewPhilosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings (2005)

by Timothy O'Connor, David Robb

An ache is a thing, but only in...

Google previewCommonsense Paediatrics (2012)

by M. Pollak, John Fry

SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPORTANCE Tummy ache is a cause of anxiety to parents and doctors.

Google previewPharmaceutical Chemistry (2011)

by David G. Watson

AChE is a treelike enzyme, with the stem implemented in the cell membrane and the branches (three) protruding out of the cell membrane. Each branch holds four active sites composing an army of twelve active sites ready to capture any ...

Google previewCholinesterases—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)

” Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from China Agricultural University, “AChE is the target enzyme of the carbamates, including pirimicarb, hence, to understand the mechanism responsible for ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers (1999)

by Richard B. Lee, Richard Heywood Daly

Introduction The Ache, a Tupi-speaking group, often called Guayaki in earlier literature, are foragers of the forested regions of eastern Paraguay, probably best known as the subjects of detailed quantitative ecological studies (from the 1980s) .

Google previewEnglish-Cayuga/Cayuga-English Dictionary (2002)

by Frances Froman, Carrie Joan Dyck, Alfred Keye, Lottie Keye

/h/ hi As/ catsjiide /'/ (the sound ache see: agony, ...

Google previewThe Female's Encyclopaedia of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge (1830)

Comprising Every Branch of Domestic Economy

the Tooth Ache, be the most excruciating and difficult of endurance. As we are happily free from both, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

ACHE. ACHAIA. Andrew the apostle, a. d. 59 ; and are said to have written an epistle in relation to it. Bellarmin, and , several other eminent writers in the church of Rome, allow it to be genuine ; while Du Pin, with many others, reject it.

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Quotes about Ache

seeing the dentist’s bill
patient with tooth-ache
develops heart-ache

(John Celes)
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Scrabble value of A1C3H4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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