• WordNet 3.6
    • n acuteness the quality of having a sharp edge or point
    • n acuteness a quick and penetrating intelligence "he argued with great acuteness","I admired the keenness of his mind"
    • n acuteness a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed "dogs have a remarkable acuteness of smell"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acuteness Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds.
    • Acuteness The faculty of nice discernment or perception; acumen; keenness; sharpness; sensitiveness; -- applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions. "Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness interested in bringing it to a successful close."
    • Acuteness The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness; as, the acuteness of an angle.
    • Acuteness (Med) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acuteness The quality of being acute. The quality of being sharp or pointed.
    • n acuteness The faculty of nice discernment or perception; quickness or keenness of the senses or understanding.
    • n acuteness In rhetoric or music, sharpness or elevation of sound.
    • n acuteness In pathology, violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
    • n acuteness In musical acoustics. relative elevation of pitch in a sound or tone, produced by greater frequency of vibration: opposed to gravity. The higher the pitch, the greater is the acuteness.
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    “One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga -- stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.”
  • Arthur James Balfour
    Arthur James Balfour
    “Biography should be written by an acute enemy.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom. -- A theme for a great poet would be God's boredom on the seventh day of creation.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.”
  • William Lyon Phelps
    William Lyon Phelps
    “One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.”


In literature:

That which has all its angles acute.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He was an acute and successful lawyer, an eloquent debater, and a young man.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
In this affection the course to be pursued varies from that indicated in the acute and subacute varieties.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
By suppression is meant a disappearance of the menses after they have become established, and may be either acute or chronic.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
An acute shyness had swept over both of them.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
For acute dyspepsia a fast is requisite.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
His anger at George had been the more acute, because the thing happened at a time when his affairs were on the edge of a precipice.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
As to the danger of death from mere starvation, the following remarkable case reveals how remote it is in the ordinary history of acute diseases.
"The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure" by Edward Hooker Dewey
Violent diarrhoea resulting from intestinal tuberculosis may be discontinued at the beginning of acute hydrocephalus.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
These pains of muscles and of membranes are generally divided into acute and dull pains.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin

In poetry:

DUKE HUMPHY, as I understand,
Though mentally acuter,
His boots are only silver, and
His underclothing pewter.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
If all that build do build to suit
The glory of their state,
What orator, though most acute,
Can fully heaven relate?
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
And scanning the scene with a stern indecision,
He spread his dark wings, with intuitive cries,
And sped, till acute and inquisitive vision
Discerned but a movable speck in the skies.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King
But best of all are the words that shape the leaves –
Orbicular, cordate, cleft and reniform –
And their venation – palmate and parallel –
And tips – acute, truncate, auriculate.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
They both were young, and both had shewn
Affection into habit grown,
With feelings most acute;
Yet to a parent's duty just,
Tho' griev'd to part them, part he must,
The point bears no dispute.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
O dangerous woman! doubtful and seductive clime!
Must I adore likewise thy latter snow and rime,
And, drawn from love's implacable winter, shall I feel
The pleasures more acute than pointed glass and steel?
"Doubtful Skies" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

A 10-year-old boy presented with acute onset flaccid quadriparesis following a minor fall when he was 6 years old, which was managed conservatively on skin traction.
"There are as many as 100 million people in the US with acute or chronic pain," Omron senior product manager Maureen Perou said.
Melissa Tracy, ACNP-BC, board certified acute care nurse practitioner , joined the Honesdale Surgical staff as part of the specialty practice of the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC).
13-year old with acute onset of ataxia and nystagmus .
The condition is one of the most common acute respiratory conditions managed in primary care, most frequently affecting children.
Clinical and imaging features of acute and chronic pancreatitis .
The manifestations of pancreatitis range from mild and self-limiting, to the severe, lethal forms of acute pancreatitis , and to permanent loss of exocrine and/or endocrine function in chronic pancreatitis .
There is a pressing clinical requirement for an early simple test of severity in acute pancreatitis .
Acute parotitis induced by trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.
In this issue of The Lancet, B Rao and colleagues describe an outbreak of acute encephalitis in north Andhra Pradesh and central-eastern Maharashtra, in southern India.
Penumbra Inc Launches the New MAX System Reperfusion Catheters for Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients.
That change has been acutely felt in the petrochemical industry.
While being examined in the department, the patient underwent bone scintigraphy to evaluate excruciating acute right hip pain.
The waiting rooms at area acute care clinics are filled with people complaining of not feeling well.
A 47-year-old college professor with no significant past medical history developed the acute onset of pain in the left upper quadrant.

In science:

In AGN, the problem may be more acute because the scales on which material needs to be delivered are most probably much smaller than in the case of starbursts, possibly on the scale of AUs (∼ 10−6 parsec) for AGN.
Fueling and morphology of central starbursts
In particular this problem can become more acute as the number of neighbours is increased (as is required in order to maintain the divergence constraint in MHD).
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
The actual rms is about 0.1 mag, nearly a factor of 2 higher than the uncertainty from the combined error estimates from the WIYN based sequence and the measuring errors on the WFPC2 frame (one must allow for a minimum of 0.03 mag measuring error due to the acute under-sampling of the stellar PSF).
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
The results were essentially indistinguishable from reality which is all the more impressive as they were presented to an audience of graphics professionals acutely aware of the subtleties of implementing realistic lighting.
Graphics Turing Test
Hodges, Transplantation of neural stem cells in a rat model of stroke: assessment of short-term graft survival and acute host immunological response, Brain Res. 958 (2002) 70-82. N. J.
Wide therapeutic time window for nimesulide neuroprotection in a model of transient focal cerebral ischemia in the rat