- (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 acutely
When the body of Johnson was exhumed, the medical examiner was acutely chagrined when six .22 caliber rounds were removed from it.
In all, 38 samples were collected from 23 acutely infected patients.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?|Kent Sepkowitz|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They, too, would be acutely nervous about revealing the capabilities of their assets.The Worst Place in the World for MH370 to Go Missing|Clive Irving|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
McKamey had already been acutely aware of the danger of head injury in football.Navy Football Player Will McKamey Died This Week From Brain Injury. Who’s to Blame?|Michael Daly|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, among other top universities—also make them acutely vulnerable to eating disorders?Are Britain’s Private Schools Breeding Grounds For Anorexia?|Emma Woolf|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The poor child felt this so acutely that she became ill, and had to keep her bed for several days.The Childhood of Distinguished Women|Selina A. Bower
Bindlecombe clasped his hands nervously; he was acutely distressed—and not only for the threatened loss of his darling Institute.The Great Miss Driver|Anthony Hope
Then Simon was bowing before the contessa, acutely aware of Sophia standing beside her.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel|Robert Shea
Maggie still stood close in front of me, so that I was acutely aware of my waistcoat buttons.Wintry Peacock|D. H. Lawrence
I was acutely aware of dangers lurking for young girls in big cities.The Fifth Wheel|Olive Higgins Prouty
- (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.