What is acute?

More definitions of "acute":

  • (adj): Extremely sharp or intense.
    Example: "Acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"
    Synonyms: intense
  • (adj): Of an angle; less than 90 degrees.
  • (noun): A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation.
    Synonyms: acute accent, ague
  • (adj): Of critical importance and consequence.
    Example: "An acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
  • (adj): Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course.
    Example: "Acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

Famous quotes containing the word acute:

    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.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.
    Eudora Welty (b. 1909)