Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The highest point, as of achievement or development: reached the acme of her career. See Synonyms at summit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top or highest point; pinnacle; culmination.
  • n. The crisis or height of a disease.
  • n. Mature age; full bloom of life. - Ben Jonson

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The top or highest point; the culmination.
  • n. The crisis or height of a disease.
  • n. Mature age; full bloom of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The top or highest point; the furthest point attained; the utmost reach.
  • n. The maturity or perfection of an animal.
  • n. In medicine: The height or crisis of a disease. Another, and probably the correct, form of acne.
  • n. In zoology, a genus of land-shells.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the highest point (of something)
  • n. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

Etymologies

Greek akmē; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀκμή (akmē, "point, top"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • He first called for the creation of a worldwide currency, to be called "acmetal" - a combination of "acme," a Greek word meaning the peak or the best, and "capital" - in an article published last month.

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  • Who's the little bird? "said Skippy, who had not heard himself described as the acme of suspicion for nothing.

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  • For its purpose the position chosen was ideal, but it could hardly be called the acme of comfort.

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