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Meaning of ACUMINATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]u'kyoomunit, [v]u'kyoomu`neyt, u'kyoominut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of a leaf shape; narrowing to a slender point
  2. [v]  make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point

ACUMINATE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: pointed, simple, unsubdivided
 See Also: point, sharpen, taper



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*cu"mi*nate\, a. [L. acuminatus, p. p. of acuminare
    to sharpen, fr. acumen. See {Acumen}.]
    Tapering to a point; pointed; as, acuminate leaves, teeth,
  2. \A*cu"mi*nate\, v. t.
    To render sharp or keen. [R.] ``To acuminate even despair.''
  3. \A*cu"mi*nate\, v. i.
    To end in, or come to, a sharp point. ``Acuminating in a cone
    of prelacy.'' --Milton.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Descibes a leaf that tapers abruptly to a sharp point.
  2. Tapering gradually to a protracted point.
  3. Drawn out into a long point; tapering point.