the highest point; summit; peak:
The empire was at the acme of its power.
Contemporary Examples

I did comedy sketches of her at acme, but she was known as ‘The Other Mrs. Gabor’ then.
‘Family Guy’ Star Alex Borstein Is Ready for Her HBO Close-Up Marlow Stern November 11, 2013

acme has a mousetrap division that is not performing very well.
Capital Gains: Answering Krugman and Bernstein David Frum January 22, 2012

But Sanjay seems today like an adumbration, rather than the acme, of authoritarian possibilities in India.
Hold Onto Your Penis David Frum, Justin Green November 28, 2012

The team behind Indochine and acme is also opening Tijuana Picnic in the LES sometime this month.
Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week Barbara Ragghianti September 2, 2014

He is the acme of political correctness (notwithstanding the odd drone directed at “AfPak”).
Mr. Politically Correct Obama, Meet Your Opposite, India’s Mr. Modi Tunku Varadarajan May 16, 2014

Historical Examples

The symptoms sometimes reach their acme in rather less than forty-eight hours, and then gradually subside.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

Traffic was intense, and had reached what might be supposed its acme.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

Here is at once a portrait of true humility, and the acme of high nobility.
Abraham Lincoln’s Cardinal Traits; Clark S. Beardslee

For myself I can say that the place appeared the acme of the romantic and picturesque.
A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

It was understood to contain the acme of personal peril or disgrace.
A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

the culminating point, as of achievement or excellence; summit; peak

“highest point,” 1560s, from Greek akme “(highest) point, edge; peak of anything,” from PIE root *ak- “sharp” (see acrid). Written in Greek letters until c.1620. The U.S. grocery store chain was founded 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

company, jargon
/ak’mee/ 1. A Company that Makes Everything. The canonical imaginary business. Possibly also derived from the word “acme” meaning “highest point”.
2. A program for MS-DOS.
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