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Meaning of OBTUSE

Pronunciation:  ub'toos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"
  2. [adj]  lacking in insight or discernment; "too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior"; "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin"- Jasper Griffin
  3. [adj]  of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
  4. [adj]  of a leaf shape; rounded at the apex

OBTUSE is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: dense, dim, dull, dumb, purblind, simple, slow, stupid, undiscerning, unsubdivided
 Antonyms: acute



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob*tuse"\ a. [Compar. {Obtuser}; superl. {Obtusest}.]
[L. obtusus, p. p. of obtundere to blunt: cf. F. obtus. See
1. Not pointed or acute; blunt; -- applied esp. to angles
   greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety

2. Not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull; stupid;
   as, obtuse senses. --Milton.

3. Dull; deadened; as, obtuse sound. --Johnson.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Blunt or rounded at the apex, the converging edges separated by an angle greater than 90 degrees.
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