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1 the highest level or degree attainable; "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" [syn: height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, top]
2 the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid" [syn: vertex, peak, apex]

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  1. The top or highest point; pinnacle; culmination.
    The very acme and pitch of life for epic poetry. - Alexander Pope
    The moment when a certain power reaches the acme of its supremacy. - I. Taylor
  2. The crisis or height of a disease.
  3. Mature age; full bloom of life. - Ben Jonson


the highest point



Extensive Definition

Acme (, the peak, zenith, prime) denotes the best of something.
Acme or ACME may also refer to:

Fiction, media and culture

  • Acme Corporation (A Company that Makes Everything), a fictional company in the cartoon world of Looney Tunes
  • ACME Detective Agency, a fictional detective agency from the Carmen Sandiego series of computer games and television shows
  • Acme (album), the sixth album by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Science, medicine and technology

  • ACME (health software) automated determination of cause of death, used by several governments for the generation of national mortality statistics
  • Acne vulgaris, a skin condition originally called acme in Greek, but whose spelling has been corrupted
  • Acme thread form, a screw thread used in specialized applications such as vises and leadscrews
  • Acme (ADL), an architecture description language by Carnegie Mellon University
  • Acme (text editor) is a text editor and development environment originally for the Plan 9 from Bell Labs operating system
  • Acme (automobile), an automobile built between 1903–1911 in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • ACME, open source development with Apache, ColdFusion, MySQL and Eclipse, coined by the The ACME Guide book/PDF


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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