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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. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; " 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"
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  8. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; " acute appendicitis"; " the acute phase of the illness"; " acute patients"
  9. 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.
  10. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.
  11. Acuteness.
  12. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  13. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; - opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  14. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  15. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
  16. Sharp- pointed; mentally keen; quick of perception; severe, as pain or symptoms attending a disease; high in pitch; shrill.
  17. Acutely.
  18. 1. Sharp. 2. Clever. 3. Of short and sharp course, not chronic; said of a disease.
  19. Active; energetic; quick; short.
  20. Sharp- pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill.
  21. Sharp; keen; shrewd; highly sensitive; less than a right angle.
  22. Keenly discerning or sensitive.
  23. Intense; violent.
  24. Sharp at the end; sharp- pointed.
  25. 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.
  26. Sharp; penetrating; opposed to dull or stupid.
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Quotes of acute

  1. None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much. – Lydia M. Child
  2. Although this crisis in some ways started in the United States, it is a global crisis. We bear a substantial share of the responsibility for what has happened, but factors that made the crisis so acute and so difficult to contain lie in a broader set of global forces that built up in the years before the start of our current troubles. – Timothy Geithner
  3. There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. the only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. – Robert A. Heinlein
  4. Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga- stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts. – Edward Hoagland
  5. For example, the opposition between acute and grave phonemes has the capacity to suggest an image of bright and dark, of pointed and rounded, of thin and thick, of light and heavy, etc. – Roman Jakobson
  6. What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  7. The shock of any trauma, I think changes your life. It's more acute in the beginning and after a little time you settle back to what you were. However it leaves an indelible mark on your psyche. – Alex Lifeson
  8. The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute – Samuel George Morton
  9. The risk from terrorism remains acute and the private market cannot continue to operate without a government backstop. – Michael Oxley
  10. What we know from World War I is that some of our troops had acute symptoms of exposure to chemicals, had bad health and died because of chemical exposure in World War I. – Christopher Shays
  11. What worse illness can there be than acute conventionality. You should pray every night that you don't wake up with it. – George Weinberg

Usage examples for acute

  1. Now, however, it was acute enough. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  2. She was a woman of acute nerves. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. It appears to be acute exhaustion, following, possibly, a shock of some kind." – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  7. 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
  8. He has himself to blame if he has made the pain more acute – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. But when the third act was finished she felt as if never could there be an end to her acute nervous anxiety. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  12. Mr. Brooks' cross- examination was not very acute – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  13. Mrs. Temple, though, who was acute as most women are about these things, looked at him steadily. – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  14. He smiled, talked, laughed and, in his chest, there was a sharp acute pain like a knife. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  15. It seemed to Grenville unusually loud, so acute had the darkness made his hearing. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  16. With baffled love added to acute anxiety, you can picture my condition! – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  17. 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
  18. It is something more instant, more acute – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin
  19. The acute disease, whose very existence they deny, is in reality the cure. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  20. Mr. Barmby wanted more advice, his dilemma being acute – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009

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