To bate an ace, to make the least abatement. [Obs.]Within an ace of, very near; on the point of. W. Irving.

(A*cel"da*ma) n. [Gr. fr. Syr. okel damo the field of blood.] The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the field of blood. Fig.: A field of bloodshed.

The system of warfare . . . which had already converted immense tracts into one universal aceldama.
De Quincey.

(A*cen"tric) a. [Gr. 'a priv. + a point, a center.] Not centered; without a center.

(Ac"e*phal) n. [Gr. 'a priv. + head: cf. F. acéphale, LL. acephalus.] (Zoöl.) One of the Acephala.

(||A*ceph"a*la) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. adj. neut. pl., headless. See Acephal.] (Zoöl.) That division of the Mollusca which includes the bivalve shells, like the clams and oysters; — so called because they have no evident head. Formerly the group included the Tunicata, Brachiopoda, and sometimes the Bryozoa. See Mollusca.

(A*ceph"a*lan) n. Same as Acephal.

(A*ceph"a*lan), a. (Zoöl.) Belonging to the Acephala.

(||A*ceph"a*li) n. pl. [LL., pl. of acephalus. See Acephal.]

1. A fabulous people reported by ancient writers to have heads.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) (a) A Christian sect without a leader. (b) Bishops and certain clergymen not under regular diocesan control.

3. A class of levelers in the time of K. Henry I.

(A*ceph"a*list) n. One who acknowledges no head or superior. Dr. Gauden.

(A*ceph"a*lo*cyst) n. [Gr. 'ake`falos without a head + ky`stis bladder.] (Zoöl.) A larval entozoön in the form of a subglobular or oval vesicle, or hydatid, filled with fluid, sometimes found in the tissues of man and the lower animals; — so called from the absence of a head or visible organs on the

(Ac*cus"tomed) a.

1. Familiar through use; usual; customary. "An accustomed action." Shak.

2. Frequented by customers. [Obs.] "A well accustomed shop." Smollett.

(Ac*cus"tomed*ness), n. Habituation.

Accustomedness to sin hardens the heart.
Bp. Pearce.

(Ace) n.; pl. Aces [OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. As.]

1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds.

2. Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.

I 'll not wag an ace further.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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