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Definitions of acute

  1. ending in a sharp point A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  2. of an angle; less than 90 degrees Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Acuteness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Sharp-pointed; mentally keen; quick of perception; severe, as pain or symptoms attending a disease; high in pitch; shrill. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Acutely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. 1. Sharp. 2. Clever. 3. Of short and sharp course, not chronic; said of a disease. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. Active; energetic; quick; short. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  20. Sharp-pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Sharp; keen; shrewd; highly sensitive; less than a right angle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Keenly discerning or sensitive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Intense; violent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Sharp at the end; sharp-pointed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Sharp; penetrating; opposed to dull or stupid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. [Latin] Ending in a sharp point; temporarily severe, not chronic. na
  28. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf. mso.anu.edu.au
  29. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning. mso.anu.edu.au
  30. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent. mso.anu.edu.au
  31. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf. dictgcide_fs
  33. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning. dictgcide_fs
  34. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent. dictgcide_fs
  35. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease. dictgcide_fs
  36. ak-[=u]t', adj. sharp-pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill: critical.--adv. ACUTE'LY.--n. ACUTE'NESS.--ACUTE ANGLE, an angle less than a right angle (see ANGLE); ACUTE DISEASE, one coming to a violent crisis, as opp. to Chronic. [L. acutus, pa.p. of acu[)e]re, to sharpen, from root ak, sharp.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. A disease which, with a certain degree of severity, has a rapid progress, and short duration, is said to be "acute."-Oxynose'ma, Oxyn'osos, Oxynu'sos. Diseases were formerly subdivided into Morbi acutis'simi, very acute, or those which last only three or four days: M. subacutis'simi, which continue seven days: and M. subacu'ti, or those which last from twenty to forty days. The antithesis to acute is chronic. Acute, when applied to pain, sound, cries, &c., means sharp. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  38. Sharp, pointed; (of angles) less than a right angle; (of diseases) coming sharply to a crisis, opp. to chronic; (of sensations, senses, intellect) keen; (of sounds) high, shrill; (of letters) bearing the acute Accent. Hence acutely adv., acuteness n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. Sharp. American pocket medical dictionary.
  40. Having severe symptoms and a short course. American pocket medical dictionary.
  41. Sharp, opposed to blunt; ingenious, opposed to stupid; acute disease, any disease which is attended with an increased velocity of blood, and terminates in a few days; acute accent, that which raises or sharpens the voice. Complete Dictionary

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