acute (adj.)

  1. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; acute appendicitis; the acute phase of the illness; acute patients'

  2. of an angle; less than 90 degrees

    acute (n.)

  1. a mark () placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

    [ Syn: acute accent , ague ]

    acute (adj.)

  1. extremely sharp or intense; acute pain; felt acute annoyance; intense itching and burning

    [ Syn: intense ]

  2. 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

    [ Syn: discriminating , incisive , keen , knifelike , penetrating , penetrative , piercing , sharp ]

  3. ending in a sharp point

    [ Syn: acuate , sharp , needlelike ]

  4. of critical importance and consequence; an acute (or critical) lack of research funds'

The dictionary is based on the WordNet Electronic Lexical Database.
WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2011 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.