Etym: [OE. ache, AS. Ã¦ce, ece, fr. acan to ache. See Ache
, v. i.]
Continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. “Such an ache in my bones.” Shak.
Note: Often used in composition, as, a headache, an earache, a toothache.
Ache, v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Ached; p. pr. & vb. n. Aching.] Etym: [OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan, imp. oc, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and akin to agent.]
To suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed. “My old bones ache.” Shak. The sins that in your conscience ache. Keble.