- (of an angle) less than 90°.
- (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.
- acute abdomen,
- acute accent,
- acute adrenocortical insufficiency,
- acute african sleeping sickness,
- acute alcoholism
Origin of acute
Examples from the Web for acute
Exploitation of trafficking victims may be most acute in conflict and adjoining regions, but it is not confined to these areas.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The soil variations are acute enough that they can differ radically from one side of a road to another.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And my teenage daughters went into the town to shop at cute stores selling cute things at acute prices.
My early years were a mix of acute loneliness and great freedom.
The authors collected data related to 54 different causes of death that could be attributed to alcohol, both chronic and acute.
Its course is slower, it is less severe, and is not accompanied with so much fever as the acute form.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
In acute poisoning (especially by the corrosive salts) the changes are great and striking.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
Until the diagnosis is thoroughly established, soothing applications, such as are employed in acute eczema, are to be advised.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
When the subject is caused to walk, symptoms of excruciating pain are manifested in all acute cases of laminitis.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
But even if I knew that it had, I should always remember that Christmas night of 1870 with acute regret.Princess Mary's Gift Book|Various
- (of an angle) less than 90°
- (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
- arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity
- of relatively short durationCompare chronic (def. 2)
- (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), etcCompare (for senses 8a, 8b): grave, circumflex
Word Origin for acute
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 1727. Related: Acutely; acuteness.