Definitions of acute

  1. ending in a sharp point
  2. of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  3. ( medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; " acute appendicitis"; " the acute phase of the illness"; " acute patients"
  4. of critical importance and consequence; " an acute ( or critical) lack of research funds"
  5. extremely sharp or intense; " acute pain"; " felt acute annoyance"; " intense itching and burning"
  6. a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  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. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.
  10. Acuteness.
  11. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  12. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; - opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  13. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  14. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
  15. Sharp- pointed; mentally keen; quick of perception; severe, as pain or symptoms attending a disease; high in pitch; shrill.
  16. Acutely.
  17. Sharp- pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill.
  18. Sharp; keen; shrewd; highly sensitive; less than a right angle.
  19. Keenly discerning or sensitive.
  20. Intense; violent.
  21. Sharp at the end; sharp- pointed.
  22. 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.
  23. Sharp; penetrating; opposed to dull or stupid.

Usage examples for acute

  1. Mr. Barmby wanted more advice, his dilemma being acute. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. A hand tool, rectangular in cross- section and having cutting edges at its end that are formed by grinding the end face at an acute angle to the body of the tool. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. Then there was no mere praise clad in the form of enthusiastic homage, but in addition always acute remarks. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. It seemed to Grenville unusually loud, so acute had the darkness made his hearing. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  5. It appears to be acute exhaustion, following, possibly, a shock of some kind." – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  6. But as the young girl looked at him, consciousness returned, and with it came the sense of acute suffering. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  7. This necessity, to a writer of Flaubert's acute sense of effect, is one that demands a good deal of caution. – The Craft of Fiction by Percy Lubbock
  8. By an acute intuition she realized the composer's meaning; more, she appreciated the thrill called up in the soul of M. Cartel. – Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
  9. With baffled love added to acute anxiety, you can picture my condition! – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  10. The acute disease, whose very existence they deny, is in reality the cure. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  11. Mr. Brooks' cross- examination was not very acute. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  12. In the first acute moment of his pain he had cried out some quick word of bitter reproach, but the look on Barney's face had checked him. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  13. Nearly ten minutes of absolute silence followed, but his hearing was so acute that he did not think any of the three could move without his knowledge. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  14. It is something more instant, more acute. – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin