Acuteness A*cute"ness, n. 1. The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness; as, the acuteness of an angle. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness interested in bringing it to a successful close. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Penetration; sagacity; keenness; ingenuity; shrewdness; subtlety; sharp-wittedness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.