aces

Ace \Ace\ ([=a]s), n.; pl. {Aces} ([=a]"s[e^]z). [OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. {As}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot. [1913 Webster] I 'll not wag an ace further. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sport) A single point won by a stroke, as in handball, rackets, etc.; in tennis, frequently, a point won by a service stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] {To bate an ace}, to make the least abatement. [Obs.] {Within an ace of}, very near; on the point of. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]