acuminate

adj. /euh kyooh"meuh nit, -nayt'/; v. /euh kyooh"meuh nayt'/, adj., v., acuminated, acuminating.
adj.
1. Bot., Zool. pointed; tapering to a point.
v.t.
2. to make sharp or keen.
[1595-1605; < L acuminatus (ptp. of acuminare), equiv. to acumin- (s. of acumen) ACUMEN + -atus -ATE1]

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  • Acuminate — A*cu mi*nate, a. [L. acuminatus, p. p. of acuminare to sharpen, fr. acumen. See {Acumen}.] Tapering to a point; pointed; as, acuminate leaves, teeth, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acuminate — A*cu mi*nate, v. t. To render sharp or keen. [R.] To acuminate even despair. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acuminate — [ə kyo͞o′mə nit; ] for v. [, ə kyo͞o′mənāt΄] adj. [L acuminatus, pp. of acuminare, to sharpen < acumen: see ACUMEN] pointed; tapering to a point [an acuminate leaf] vt. acuminated, acuminating to make sharp or pointed acumination n …   English World dictionary

  • Acuminate — A*cu mi*nate, v. i. To end in, or come to, a sharp point. Acuminating in a cone of prelacy. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acuminate — index acute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acuminate — adjective Date: 1646 tapering to a slender point …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acuminate — tapering gradually to a point, e.g. the tail of Anguilliformes …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • acuminate — adj. [L. acumen, point] Terminating in a long tapering point …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • acuminate — 1. adjective /əˈkjuːmɪnət,əˈkjuːmɪneɪt/ a) Tapering to a point; pointed. b) Tapering to a long point at its apex. 2. verb /əˈkjuːmɪnət,əˈkjuːmɪneɪt/ a) To render sharp or …   Wiktionary

  • acuminate — Pointed; tapering to a point. [L. acumino, pp. atus, to sharpen] * * * acu·mi·nate ə kyü mə nət adj tapering to a slender point * * * acu·mi·nate (ə kuґmĭ nāt) [L. acuminatus] sharp pointed …   Medical dictionary

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