acuminate

  • 1 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] …

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  • 2 Acuminate — A*cu mi*nate, v. t. To render sharp or keen. [R.] To acuminate even despair. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 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] …

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

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  • 6 acuminate — adjective Date: 1646 tapering to a slender point …

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

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 8 acuminate — adj. [L. acumen, point] Terminating in a long tapering point …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 9 acuminate — acumination, n. 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 …

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 acuminate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I adjective Having an end that tapers to a point: acicular, aciculate, aciculated, acute, cuspate, cuspated, cuspidate, cuspidated, mucronate, pointed, pointy, sharp. See SHARP. II verb To give a sharp edge to: edge, hone1 …

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  • 13 acuminate — v. sharpen adj. tapering gradually to a point (Botany) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 acuminate — [ə kju:mɪnət] adjective Biology (of a plant or animal structure) tapering to a point. Origin C16: from late L. acuminat , acuminare, from acuere (see acute) …

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  • 15 acuminate — a.; (also acuminated) (Bot.) Sharp, acute, pointed, cuspidate, cuspidated …

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  • 16 acuminate —   Tapering to a protracted point, with sides somewhat concave, e.g. the leaflets of Zamia acuminata.   Cf. acute …

    Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • 17 acuminate — acu·mi·nate …

    English syllables

  • 18 acuminate — a•cu•mi•nate adj. [[t]əˈkyu mə nɪt, ˌneɪt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌneɪt[/t]] adj. v. nat•ed, nat•ing 1) bot zool. tapering to a point, as a leaf 2) to make sharp or keen • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L acūminātus, ptp. of acūmināre, v. der. of acūmen; see… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 acuminate — adjective /əˈkjumənət/ (say uh kyoohmuhnuht), / eɪt/ (say ayt) 1. Botany, Zoology, etc. pointed; tapering to a point. –verb (t) /əˈkjuməneɪt/ (say uh kyoohmuhnayt) (acuminated, acuminating) 2. to make sharp or keen. {Latin acūminātus, past… …

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  • 20 acuminate —   a. pointed; tapering; v.t. sharpen; v.i. end in point …

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