Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Quickness of perception; the faculty of nice discrimination; mental acuteness or penetration; keenness of insight.
  • n. In botany, a tapering point. Synonyms Penetration, discernment, acuteness, sharpness, perspicacity, insight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shrewdness shown by keen insight
  • n. a tapering point

Etymologies

Latin acūmen, from acuere, to sharpen, from acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin acūmen ("sharp point"). (Wiktionary)

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