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

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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 Horseshoe Bat — Taxobox name = Acuminate Horseshoe Bat status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Chiroptera familia = Rhinolophidae genus = Rhinolophus species = R. acuminatus binomial = Rhinolophus… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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 …   Universalium

  • 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

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