Definitions for acute

Definitions for (noun) acute

Main entry: acute, acute accent, ague

Definition: a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Definitions for (adj) acute

Main entry: acute

Definition: having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

Usage: acute appendicitis; the acute phase of the illness; acute patients

Main entry: acute

Definition: of critical importance and consequence

Usage: an acute (or critical) lack of research funds

Main entry: acute, intense

Definition: extremely sharp or intense

Usage: acute pain; felt acute annoyance; intense itching and burning

Main entry: penetrating, penetrative, incisive, discriminating, piercing, acute, keen, knifelike, sharp

Definition: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Usage: 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

Main entry: sharp, needlelike, acuate, acute

Definition: ending in a sharp point

Main entry: acute

Definition: of an angle; less than 90 degrees

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