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Acu'teness. n.s. [from acute, which see.]

  1. Sharpness.

  2. Force of intellects.

    They would not be so apt to think, that there could be nothing added to the acuteness and penetration of their understandings. Locke.

  3. Quickness and vigour of senses.

    If eyes so framed could not view at once the hand and the hour-plate, their owner could not be beneļ¬ted by that acuteness; which, whilst it discovered the secret contrivance of the machine, made him lose its use. Locke.

  4. Violence and speedy crisis of a malady.

    We apply present remedies according to indications, respecting rather the acuteness of the disease, and precipitancy of the occasion, than the rising and setting of stars. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 13.

  5. Sharpness of sound.

    This acuteness of sound will shew, that whilst, to the eye, the bell seems to be at rest, yet the minute parts of it continue in a very brisk motion, without which they could not strike the air. Boyle.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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