acute (third-person singular simple present acutes, present participle acuting, simple past and past participle acuted)
1.sharp or severe in effect; intense, acute sorrow; an acute pain.
2.extremely great or serious; crucial; critical, an acute shortage of oil.
3.(of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic).
4.sharp or penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception, an acute observer.
5.extremely sensitive even to slight details or impressions, acute eyesight.
6.sharp at the end; ending in a point.
7.Geometry. (of an angle) less than 90°. (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.
8.consisting of, indicated by, or bearing the mark ´, placed over vowel symbols in some languages to show that the vowels or the syllables they are in are pronounced in a certain way, as in French that the quality of an e so marked is close; in Hungarian that the vowel is long; in Spanish that the marked syllable bears the word accent; in Ibo that it is pronounced with high tones; or in classical Greek, where the mark originated, that the syllable bears the word accent and is pronounced, according to the ancient grammarians, with raised pitch (opposed to grave), the acute accent; an acute e.
9.the acute accent.
1. penetrating in perception or insight
2. sensitive to details; keen
3. of extreme importance; crucial
4. sharp or severe; intense, acute pain, an acute drought
5. having a sharp end or point
6. (maths) (of an angle) less than 90° (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
7. (of a disease) arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity of relatively short duration Compare chronic (sense 2)
8. (phonetics) (of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken or sung on a higher musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels of or relating to an accent (´) placed over vowels, denoting that the vowel is pronounced with higher musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with a certain special quality (as in French), etc Compare (for senses 8a, 8b) grave, circumflex
9. (of a hospital, hospital bed, or ward) intended to accommodate short-term patients with acute illnesses noun
10. an acute accent Derived Formsacutely, adverbacuteness, noun Word OriginC14, from Latin acūtus, past participle of acuere to sharpen, from acus needleCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., originally of fevers and diseases, "coming and going quickly" (opposed to a chronic), from Latin acutus "sharp, pointed," figuratively "shrill, penetrating; intelligent, cunning," past participle of acuere "sharpen" (see acuity). Meaning "sharp, irritating" is from early 15c. Meaning "intense" is from 172
7. Related, Acutely; acuteness.
Julie responded like everyone else; with the usual dazed look of acute indifference.
The number in the blood in an acute attack is reckoned by Ross to be not less than 250 millions.
The arrival of the Bonapartes at Toulon coincided with a time of acute crisis in the fortunes of the republic. Having declared war on England and Holland (1st of February 1793), and against Spain (9th of March), France was soon girdled by foes; and the forces of the first coalition invaded her territory at several points.
The chief use of the preparations of lead, however, is as an astringent in acute diarrhoea, particularly if ulceration be present, when it is usefully given in combination with opium in the form of the Pilula Plumbi cum Opio.
Later, the difficulty recurs in an acute form in reference to the continuous variation of a function.
He created many of the medical terms we use today, such as acute, chronic, endemic, epidemic, paroxysm, and relapse.
He had had a short illness, there had been a brief time of acute suffering, then all was over.
Pierre no longer suffered moments of despair, hypochondria, and disgust with life, but the malady that had formerly found expression in such acute attacks was driven inwards and never left him for a moment.
We tried to unite them, with the evident intention of giving battle and checking the enemy's advance, and by this effort to unite them while avoiding battle with a much stronger enemy, and necessarily withdrawing the armies at an acute angle--we led the French on to Smolensk.
The case was evidently this: a position was selected along the river Kolocha--which crosses the highroad not at a right angle but at an acute angle--so that the left flank was at Shevardino, the right flank near the village of Novoe, and the center at Borodino at the confluence of the rivers Kolocha and Voyna.
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