acutely


acutely

adjective

  1. sharp or severe in effect; intense: acute sorrow; an acute pain.
  2. extremely great or serious; crucial; critical: an acute shortage of oil.
  3. (of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic).
  4. sharp or penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception: an acute observer.
  5. extremely sensitive even to slight details or impressions: acute eyesight.
  6. sharp at the end; ending in a point.
  7. Geometry.
    1. (of an angle) less than 90°.
    2. (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.
  8. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing the mark ´, placed over vowel symbols in some languages to show that the vowels or the syllables they are in are pronounced in a certain way, as in French that the quality of an e so marked is close; in Hungarian that the vowel is long; in Spanish that the marked syllable bears the word accent; in Ibo that it is pronounced with high tones; or in classical Greek, where the mark originated, that the syllable bears the word accent and is pronounced, according to the ancient grammarians, with raised pitch (opposed to grave): the acute accent; an acute e.

noun

  1. the acute accent.

adjective

  1. penetrating in perception or insight
  2. sensitive to details; keen
  3. of extreme importance; crucial
  4. sharp or severe; intenseacute pain; an acute drought
  5. having a sharp end or point
  6. maths
    1. (of an angle) less than 90°
    2. (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
  7. (of a disease)
    1. arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity
    2. of relatively short durationCompare chronic (def. 2)
  8. phonetics
    1. (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
    2. 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
  9. (of a hospital, hospital bed, or ward) intended to accommodate short-term patients with acute illnesses

noun

  1. an acute accent
adj.

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.

adj.

  1. Pointed at the end; sharp.
  2. Of or relating to a disease or a condition with a rapid onset and a short, severe course.
  3. Of or relating to a patient afflicted with such a disease.

  1. Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions, as hearing or eyesight; sensitive.
  2. Relating to an illness that has a rapid onset and follows a short but severe course. Compare chronic.
  3. Having an acute angle.

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