Definitions for ACMEˈæk mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•meˈæk mi(n.)

  1. the highest point of attainment or development; peak:

    The empire was at the acme of its power.

Origin of acme:

1610–20; < Gk akmḗ

ac′mic-ˈmæt ɪk(adj.)ac•mat′ic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, top(noun)

    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

    "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"

  2. vertex, peak, apex, acme(noun)

    the highest point (of something)

    "at the peak of the pyramid"

Wiktionary

  1. acme(Noun)

    The top or highest point; pinnacle; culmination.

  2. acme(Noun)

    The crisis or height of a disease.

  3. acme(Noun)

    Mature age; full bloom of life. - Ben Jonson

  4. ACME(ProperNoun)

    A generic large company or corporation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acme(noun)

    the top or highest point; the culmination

  2. Acme(noun)

    the crisis or height of a disease

  3. Acme(noun)

    mature age; full bloom of life

Freebase

  1. Acme

    Acme is a text editor and graphical shell from the Plan 9 from Bell Labs operating system, designed and implemented by Rob Pike. It can use the sam command language. The design of the interface was influenced by Oberon. It is different from other editing environments in that it acts as a 9P server. A distinctive element of the user interface is mouse chording.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. Acme

    [from Greek akme highest point of perfection or achievement] The canonical supplier of bizarre, elaborate, and non-functional gadgetry — where Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson (two cartoonists who specialized in elaborate contraptions) shop. The name has been humorously expanded as A (or American) Company Making Everything. (In fact, Acme was a real brand sold from Sears Roebuck catalogs in the early 1900s.) Describing some X as an “Acme X” either means “This is insanely great”, or, more likely, “This looks insanely great on paper, but in practice it's really easy to shoot yourself in the foot with it.” Compare pistol.This term, specially cherished by American hackers and explained here for the benefit of our overseas brethren, comes from the Warner Brothers' series of “Road-runner” cartoons. In these cartoons, the famished Wile E. Coyote was forever attempting to catch up with, trap, and eat the Road-runner. His attempts usually involved one or more high-technology Rube Goldberg devices — rocket jetpacks, catapults, magnetic traps, high-powered slingshots, etc. These were usually delivered in large wooden crates labeled prominently with the Acme name — which, probably not by coincidence, was the trade name of a peg bar system for superimposing animation cels used by cartoonists since forever. Acme devices invariably malfunctioned in improbable and violent ways.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

acme(noun)

the highest point

the acme of perfection.

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