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Meaning of ACUTE

Pronunciation:  u'kyoot

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  2. [adj]  (medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"
  3. [adj]  of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
  4. [adj]  extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  ending in a sharp point
  7. [adj]  of an angle; less than 90 degrees
 

ACUTE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: acuate, acute accent, ague, critical, discriminating, incisive, intense, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, pointed, sharp, subacute
 
 Antonyms: chronic, obtuse
 
 See Also: accent, accent mark

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \A*cute"\, a. [L. acutus, p. p. of acuere to sharpen, fr.
    a root ak to be sharp. Cf. {Ague}, {Cute}, {Edge}.]
    1. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; --
       opposed to {blunt} or {obtuse}; as, an acute angle; an
       acute leaf.
    
    2. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute
       distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to
       {dull} or {stupid}; as, an acute observer; acute remarks,
       or reasoning.
    
    3. 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.
    
    4. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; --
       opposed to {grave} or {low}; as, an acute tone or accent.
    
    5. (Med.) Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity,
       and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to {chronic};
       as, an acute disease.
    
    {Acute angle} (Geom.), an angle less than a right angle.
    
    Syn: Subtile; ingenious; sharp; keen; penetrating; sagacious;
         sharp-witted; shrewd; discerning; discriminating. See
         {Subtile}.
    
    
  2. \A*cute"\, v. t.
    To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising
    inflection too much. [R.] --Walker.
    
    
 
Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: Sudden, brief, and severe. Usually referred to in connection with an illness. Opposite of CHRONIC.
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. Terminating in a distinct but not protracted point, the converging edges separated by an angle less than 90°.
  2. Used to describe a short-term infection or disease which is characterized by dramatic onset and rapid recovery.
 
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