What does acute mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute accent, acute, ague(adj)

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

  2. acute(adj)

    having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

    "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

  3. acute, intense(adj)

    extremely sharp or intense

    "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"

  4. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)

    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"

  5. acute(adj)

    of an angle; less than 90 degrees

  6. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike(adj)

    ending in a sharp point

  7. acute(adj)

    of critical importance and consequence

    "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

Wiktionary

  1. acute(Noun)

    An acute accent.

    The word u201Ccafeu201D often has an acute over the u2018e'.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  2. acute(Verb)

    To give an acute sound to.

    He acutes his rising inflection too much.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  3. acute(Adjective)

    Urgent.

    His need for medical attention was acute.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  4. acute(Adjective)

    sensitive

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  5. acute(Adjective)

    Short, quick.

    It was an acute event.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  6. acute(Adjective)

    Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  7. acute(Adjective)

    Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  8. acute(Adjective)

    With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  9. acute(Adjective)

    Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage).

    He dropped dead of an acute illness.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  10. acute(Adjective)

    Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.

    The acute symptoms resolved promptly.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

  11. acute(Adjective)

    Having an acute accent.

    The last letter of u201Ccafu00E9u201D is u2018e' acute.

    Etymology: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acute(adj)

    sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf

  2. Acute(adj)

    having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning

  3. Acute(adj)

    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

  4. Acute(adj)

    high, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent

  5. Acute(adj)

    attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease

  6. Acute(verb)

    to give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much

Freebase

  1. Acute

    In medicine, an acute disease is a disease with a rapid onset and/or a short course. Acute may be used to distinguish a disease from a chronic form, such as acute leukemia and chronic leukemia, or to highlight the sudden onset of a disease, such as acute myocardial infarct. The word 'acute' may also be used in the context of medicine to refer to the acute phase of injury, referring to the immediate post-injury healing processes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acute

    ak-ūt′, 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 acuĕre, to sharpen, from root ak, sharp.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. acute

    Terminating in a point, and opposed to obtuse. An acute angle is less than a right one, or within 90°.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3979

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acute' in Adjectives Frequency: #542

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How to say acute in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acute in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of acute in a Sentence

  1. Dustin Lee:

    We know very little about the acute and long-term effects of high-potency THC on neurobiology and behavior, this is especially concerning for teens, who are in a critical time for development of brain structures that are integral in executive functioning.

  2. Barbara Warren:

    We do know that a percentage of LGBT people avoid and delay screening and care because of fear about or experience of stigma, discrimination or simply lack of knowledge about LGBT people and their health amongst providers, if you avoid or delay screening and care and you have an issue that may be precancerous, by the time you get into screening and care you’re there because it has become acute and you already have a progressed disease.

  3. Randall Moore:

    If it's an acute problem, even though telemedicine doesn't have the completeness of being in person, the value is exponentially higher.

  4. Rachel Erwin:

    We’ve taken the clinical part out of it, i think medicine can be useful if someone is in an acute state, and I think there’s a place for that. The problem is ultimately if you don’t get into those various things that have gotten stuck in someone, like a state of fear or anxiety or depression, and if you don’t get into that physiological part of a person and [you do] medicate it, you’re freezing the part of the person.

  5. James Clapper:

    It's a particularly acute issue here with President Donald Trump, who I think as more time has elapsed in his tenure, feels more and more confident that, you know, he doesn't really need any advice from anybody and he's smarter than everybody else.

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