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acute
     adj 1: having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe
            course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the
            illness"; "acute patients" [ant: {chronic}]
     2: extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute
        annoyance"; "intense itching and burning" [syn: {intense}]
     3: 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}]
     4: of an angle; less than 90 degrees [ant: {obtuse}]
     5: ending in a sharp point [syn: {acuate}, {sharp}, {needlelike}]
     6: of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or
        critical) lack of research funds"
     n : a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
         [syn: {acute accent}, {ague}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0


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