acute Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
ague; acute accent.
adjective having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
- acute appendicitis
- the acute phase of the illness
- acute patients
adjective satellite extremely sharp or intense
- acute pain
- felt acute annoyance
- intense itching and burning
adjective satellite having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
penetrating; incisive; penetrative; piercing; discriminating; keen; sharp; knifelike.
- an acute observer of politics and politicians
- incisive comments
- icy knifelike reasoning
- as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
- penetrating insight
- frequent penetrative observations
adjective of an angle; less than 90 degrees
adjective satellite ending in a sharp point
sharp; acuate; needlelike.
adjective satellite of critical importance and consequence
- an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acuteangle; an acuteleaf.
Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dullor stupid; as, an acuteobserver; acuteremarks, or reasoning.
Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acuteeyesight, hearing, or feeling; acutepain or pleasure.
High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an. acutetone or accent
(Med.) Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an. acutedisease Syn. -- Subtile; ingenious; sharp; keen; penetrating; sagacious; sharp-witted; shrewd; discerning; discriminating. See Subtile.
A*cute" transitive verb
To give an acute sound to;R. Walker. as, he. acuteshis rising inflection too much
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