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aching

[ey-king] /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing physical pain or distress:
treatment for an aching back.
2.
full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-1250; Middle English; see ache, -ing2
Related forms
achingly, adverb
unaching, adjective
unachingly, adverb

ache

[eyk] /eɪk/
verb (used without object), ached, aching.
1.
to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain:
His whole body ached.
2.
to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like:
Her heart ached for the starving animals.
3.
to feel eager; yearn; long:
She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even.
noun
4.
a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain).
Origin
before 900; (v.) Middle English aken, Old English acan; perhaps metaphoric use of earlier unattested sense “drive, impel” (compare Old Norse aka, cognate with Latin agere, Greek ágein); (noun) derivative of the v.
Synonyms
1. hurt. 4. See pain.
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Examples for aching
  • We parked on the outskirts in the shade of a gum tree and stretched our aching bodies.
  • Don't let aching feet prevent you from seeing every sight on your travels.
  • Then you have this feeling of miserable, aching cold, deep inside you.
  • My nose is less congested and the aching in my throat has subsided.
  • The screws in the boardwalk have been embedded for so long that it's tough to get them out and my hand is aching.
  • Although my limbs were aching and there were still some tricky moves ahead, victory suddenly seemed possible.
  • We have a dedicated herb garden in our backyard that is aching for the appropriate planting.
  • Used to have aching jaws in the am from grinding my teeth with tension at night.
  • It's easy for even unlicensed amateurs to notice that any language, including ours, has gaps aching to be filled.
  • Sometimes they wake up with jaws aching from grinding their teeth at night.
British Dictionary definitions for aching

ache

/eɪk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to feel, suffer, or be the source of a continuous dull pain
2.
to suffer mental anguish
noun
3.
a continuous dull pain
Derived Forms
aching, adjective
achingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English ācan (vb), æce (n), Middle English aken (vb), ache (n). Compare bake, batch
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Word Origin and History for aching
ache
O.E. acan "to ache, suffer pain," from P.Gmc. *akanan, perhaps from a PIE base *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Skt. and Gk., perhaps imitative of groaning. The noun is M.E. æche, from O.E. æce, from P.Gmc. *akiz. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (by i-mutation, as in speak-speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Gk. origin (Gk. akhos "pain, distress"). Achy (adj.) first attested 1875 in George Eliot's letters.
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aching in Medicine

ache (āk)
n.
A dull persistent pain. v. ached, ach·ing, aches
To suffer a dull, sustained pain.

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Related Abbreviations for aching

ACHE

  1. American College of Healthcare Executives
  2. American Council for Headache Education
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