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Definition: Sharp and intense (as in acute pain); very perceptive (as in an acute observer)

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Modern Carpentry - By Fred T. Hodgson
...This is the acute corner of the hopper, and as the edges are worked off to the bevel 2, as shown in Fig ....
Daisy Miller - By Henry James, Harry William McVickar
...It was a pity Mr. Westgate was always away; he was a man of the highest ability--very acute, very acute ....
Don Quixote - By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
...For they are still in doubt and perplexity; and having heard of your worship 's acute and exalted intellect, they have sent me to entreat your worship on their behalf to give your opinion on this very intricate and puzzling case ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...Mademoiselle Zelie St. Pierre, on this particular Thursday, even assumed a " robe de soie, " deemed in economical Labassecour an article of hazardous splendor and luxury; nay, it was remarked that she sent for a " coiffeur " to dress her hair that morning; there were pupils acute enough to discover that she had bedewed her handkerchief and her hands with a new and fashionable perfume ....
The Ambassadors - By Henry James
...There was none other, however, than the common and constar : pressure, familiar to our friend under the rubric of Pastes et 7V .7 \*-graphes--the something in the air of these establishments; U \* vibration of the vast, strange life of the town, the influence of the types, the performers concocting their messages; the little prompt Paris women, arranging, pretexting goodness knew what, driving the dreadful needle-pointed public pen at the dreadful sand-strewn public table : implements that symbolized for Strether 's too interpretative innocence something more acute in manners, more sinister in morals, more fierce in the national life ....
The Old Wives' Tale - By Arnold Bennett
...The doctor used only the phrase ` acute rheumatism . '...
Ten Thousand a Year - By Samuel Warren
...Guided by the suggestions of acute and experienced counsel, after much pains and considerable expense, they succeeded in discovering that delectable specimen of humanity, Tittlebat Titmouse, who hath already figured so prominently in this history ....
Aspects of fiction and other ventures in criticism - By Brander Matthews
...His acute analysis of Renan was the first of his essays to attract general attention; and when he followed this up with equally incisive studies of M. Zola and of M. Georges Ohnet, he was at once accepted as one of the most acute of contemporary French critics ....
A Paper City - By David Ross Locke
...way; but were there ever a set of acute men who did not find another set just as acute ?...
A Guide to the Best Fiction in English - By Ernest Albert Baker
...When Sylvie dismisses her fiancé, the situation becomes acute; but the dénouement exhibits the triumph of goodness, and teaches that " we must not live for ourselves alone . "...
The Canadian Commonwealth - By C. Agnes Laut
...\* This to me is the crux of the very greatest and most acute problem confronting the Dominion 's future destiny ....
Ann Veronica - By Herbert George Wells
...She happened to have an acute sense of form and unusual mental lucidity, and she found in biology, and particularly in comparative anatomy, a very considerable interest, albeit the illumination it cast upon her personal life was not altogether direct ....
The Widow Barnaby - By Frances Milton Trollope
...But after a moment 's consideration, Ids admirable judgment decided him against attempting anything of the kind; for he felt that, in the first place, it would rob him of the advantage he might hope to obtain from the very acute faculties of his admirable wife; and secondly, those very acute faculties, now fully ripened into strong practical sharpness, would be exceedingly likely to detect what was purely inventive, and thereby render his explanation of no effect ....
Weir of Hermiston - By Robert Louis Stevenson
...Once in a way, during the past winter, Archie, in some acute phase of boredom, had written him a letter ....
The Bar Sinister - By Richard Harding Davis
...At the time I was there the situation was `` acute . "...
An International Episode - By Henry James, H. W. McVickar, Henry James Collection (Library of Congress)
...It was a pity Mr. Westgate was always away : he was a man of the highest ability--very acute, very acute ....
The Missourian - By Eugene Percy Lyle, Doubleday, Page & Company
...And without any seeming reference to this revenue statement, the toll taker placed the tip of an index finger under each ear, then pointed them lower down against his throat, then lower again, and at the last the two fingers met in an acute angle, significantly acute, under his chin, while the half-veiled black bead in the outer corner of his eye had a sheen unutterably merry and malignant ....
Great Ghost Stories - By Joseph Lewis French
...I took him in my arms; I brought him to the fire; I felt acute grief for the loss of my poor favorite--acute self-reproach; I accused myself of his death; I imagined he had died of fright ....