Definitions of acute

  1. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.
  2. a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  3. Acuteness.
  4. Acutely.
  5. ( medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; " acute appendicitis"; " the acute phase of the illness"; " acute patients"
  6. of critical importance and consequence; " an acute ( or critical) lack of research funds"
  7. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; " acute appendicitis"; " the acute phase of the illness"; " acute patients"
  8. Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.
  9. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  10. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; - opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  11. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  12. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
  13. Sharp- pointed; mentally keen; quick of perception; severe, as pain or symptoms attending a disease; high in pitch; shrill.
  14. Sharp- pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill.
  15. Sharp; keen; shrewd; highly sensitive; less than a right angle.
  16. Keenly discerning or sensitive.
  17. Intense; violent.
  18. Sharp at the end; sharp- pointed.
  19. Sharp- pointed: keen and penetrating; having nice or quick sensibility. Applied to a tone which is sharp or high, opposed to grave; applied to an elevation of the voice, marked thus; attended with symptoms of severity, opposed to chronic; less than a right angle.
  20. Sharp; penetrating; opposed to dull or stupid.
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