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acuteness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acuteness  \A*cute"ness\,  n. 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  acute  or  pointed;  sharpness;  as  the 
  acuteness  of  an  angle. 
 
  2.  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 
  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  3.  Shrillness;  high  pitch;  --  said  of  sounds. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  Violence  of  a  disease,  which  brings  it  speedily  to 
  a  crisis. 
 
  Syn:  Penetration;  sagacity;  keenness;  ingenuity;  shrewdness; 
  subtlety;  sharp-wittedness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acuteness 
  n  1:  a  quick  and  penetrating  intelligence;  "he  argued  with  great 
  acuteness";  "I  admired  the  keenness  of  his  mind"  [syn:  {acuity}, 
  {sharpness},  {keenness}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  having  a  sharp  edge  or  point  [ant:  {obtuseness}] 




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