American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Dully painful.
- adj. Full of painful yearning or sorrow: an aching heart.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Enduring or causing pain; painful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That aches; continuously painful. See ache.
- n. a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
- adj. causing a dull and steady pain
“No craving void left aching in the breast") _an aching void_; and the nephew, Dr. Arthur Aikin, by way of variety, _a void aching_; whilst Mrs. Barbault he designated as _that pleonasm of nakedness_; since, as if it were not enough to be _bare_, she was also”
“No doubt your shoulder is aching from the shooting," he said.”
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“Stop it …. .you're killing me …. my sides are aching from the laughter.”
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“We could do nothing but wait in aching inactivity during those two weary days.”
“She passed the night huddled at the base of the tree in aching, lonely terror, clutching her pendant of the Sacred Virgin, rocking back and forth in prayer.”
“Paddy, his backside aching from the hard bench, was in a whimpering mood, and to pass the time away I talked with a rather superior tramp, a young carpenter who wore a collar and tie and was on the road, he said, for lack of a set of tools.”
“But in the main it was hard work, and at the end of an hour Joe's back was aching from the unaccustomed strain, and his fingers were cut and bleeding from his clumsy handling of the sharp-edged oysters.”
“With fingers biting and aching from the cold, we fastened on the horse's load, Mr. Rijnhart shouldered his, and off we started again, bruin watching us with perhaps more than friendly interest.”
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