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Acu'te. adj. [acutus, Lat.]

  1. Sharp, ending in a point; opposed to obtuse or blunt.

    Having the ideas of an obtuse and an acute angled triangle, both drawn from equal bases and between parallels, I can, by intuitive knowledge, perceive the one not to be the other, but cannot that way know whether they be equal. Locke.

  2. In a figurative sense applied to men; ingenious; penetrating; opposed to dull or stupid.

    The acute and ingenious author, among many very fine thoughts, and uncommon reflections, has started the notion of seeing all things in God. Locke.

  3. Spoken of the senses, vigorous; powerful in operation.

    Were our senses altered, and made much quicker and acuter, the appearance and outward scheme of things would have quite another face to us. Locke.

  4. Acute disease. Any disease, which is attended with an increased velocity of blood, and terminates in a few days. Quincy.

  5. Acute accent; that which raises or sharpens the voice.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · Quincy, John (60)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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