Origin of obtuse
Examples from the Web for obtusely
The fruit or capsule is obtusely three-cornered, and about the size of a hazel-nut; it contains three cells each enclosing a seed.
Anterior wings (in the male) narrow, obtusely attenuated; in the female broader, and obliquely rounded.Zoological Illustrations, Volume I|William Swainson
The neck and legs are short; the ears are likewise short, obtusely pointed, and lie close to the head.Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
The sloe-leaf (and also the white-thorn leaf,) as shewn in this sketch, is more rounded, and the leaf is obtusely pointed.A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons|Fredrick Accum
"She isn't poor; she is very well off," says Mr. Kelly, obtusely.Rossmoyne|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for obtusely
- (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
- (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
Word Origin for obtuse
Word Origin and History for obtusely
early 15c., "dull, blunted," from Middle French obtus (fem. obtuse), from Latin obtusus "blunted, dull," also used figuratively, past participle of obtundere "to beat against, make dull," from ob "against" (see ob-) + tundere "to beat," from PIE *(s)tud-e- "to beat, strike, push, thrust," from root *(s)teu- "to push, stick, knock, beat" (cf. Latin tudes "hammer," Sanskrit tudati "he thrusts"). Sense of "stupid" is first found c.1500. Related: Obtusely; obtuseness.