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acute angle
as in:  an acute angle

Roofs at acute angles are common in snow country.
  sharp; or an angle measuring between 0 and 90 degrees
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  • Roofs at acute angles are common in snow country.
  • Those who are farsighted have an increased risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma because of narrow angles caused by shallow anterior chambers.
  • She kept her foot permanently on the accelerator, and took every corner at an acute angle.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Miraculously, I kept my feet; but only by dint of superhuman contortions during which I was alternately bent forward like a skier going over a jump, or leaning backward at such an acute angle I thought my backbone was going to snap.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • All I saw was the pole, bent at an acute angle.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • O’Dell leaned back at an acute angle and shoveled a little sugar in.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • We tried to unite them, with the evident intention of giving battle and checking the enemy’s advance, and by this effort to unite them while avoiding battle with a much stronger enemy, and necessarily withdrawing the armies at an acute angle—we led the French on to Smolensk.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the opposite wall near the acute angle stood a small plain wooden chest of drawers looking, as it were, lost in a desert.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Not because I was squeezed in at an acute angle of the tablecloth, with the table in my chest, and the Pumblechookian elbow in my eye, nor because I was not allowed to speak (I didn’t want to speak), nor because I was regaled with the scaly tips of the drumsticks of the fowls, and with those obscure corners of pork of which the pig, when living, had had the least reason to be vain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • After asking for, and getting, directions from an elf who was sitting in the branches of a nearby tree, Eragon and Saphira continued through the woods until they arrived at a small one-room house grown out of the bole of a fir tree that stood at an acute angle, as if a constant wind pressed against it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr

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  • The wall of the burial-ground had fallen in: one or two crosses had been smashed by enthusiasts: an angel had lost one of its stone wings, and what gravestones were left undamaged leant at an acute angle in the long marshy grass.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Triumphing in having been the first to communicate this extraordinary intelligence, Mrs Nickleby nodded and smiled a great many times, to impress its full magnificence on Kate’s wondering mind, and then flew off, at an acute angle, to a committee of ways and means.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He has just cut off the end of the pole at an acute angle to make it into a spear.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Two long panes of chest-high, dirty, gray-tinted Plexiglas lean against each other at an acute angle, held up on the other side by the wooden wall.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • The face wore its mildest expression: the grizzled bushy eyebrows had taken their more acute angle of compassionate kindness, and the mouth, habitually compressed with a pout of the lower lip, was relaxed so as to be ready to speak a helpful word or syllable in a moment.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Near the same tree two more bundles of acute angles sat with their legs drawn up.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • At night, one could distinguish nothing of all that mass of buildings, except the black indentation of the roofs, unrolling their chain of acute angles round the place; for one of the radical differences between the cities of that time, and the cities of the present day, lay in the facades which looked upon the places and streets, and which were then gables.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …shown as big as a Martos chickpea; the tail, or skirt, or whatever it might be called, ended in three points which were borne up by the hands of three pages, likewise dressed in mourning, forming an elegant geometrical figure with the three acute angles made by the three points, from which all who saw the peaked skirt concluded that it must be because of it the countess was called Trifaldi, as though it were Countess of the Three Skirts; and Benengeli says it was so, and that by her…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I was all bony elbows and acute angles, like a jigsaw puzzle piece that can only go in the middle, waiting for the others to fit around it to make it whole.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • A wall with three windows looking out on to the canal ran aslant so that one corner formed a very acute angle, and it was difficult to see in it without very strong light.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The case was evidently this: a position was selected along the river Kolocha—which crosses the highroad not at a right angle but at an acute angle—so that the left flank was at Shevardino, the right flank near the village of Novoe, and the center at Borodino at the confluence of the rivers Kolocha and Voyna.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • …which clings to its numerous chimneys; drown it in profound night and watch the odd play of lights and shadows in that sombre labyrinth of edifices; cast upon it a ray of light which shall vaguely outline it and cause to emerge from the fog the great heads of the towers; or take that black silhouette again, enliven with shadow the thousand acute angles of the spires and gables, and make it start out more toothed than a shark’s jaw against a copper-colored western sky,—and then compare.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But we withdrew at an acute angle not only because the French advanced between our two armies; the angle became still more acute and we withdrew still farther, because Barclay de Tolly was an unpopular foreigner disliked by Bagration (who would come under his command), and Bagration—being in command of the second army—tried to postpone joining up and coming under Barclay’s command as long as he could.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • …splendid in the University, and they were graded there also in all the ages of architecture, from the round arches of Saint-Julian to the pointed arches of Saint-Séverin), the churches dominated the whole; and, like one harmony more in this mass of harmonies, they pierced in quick succession the multiple open work of the gables with slashed spires, with open-work bell towers, with slender pinnacles, whose line was also only a magnificent exaggeration of the acute angle of the roofs.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Associated words [difficulty]:   acute angle [8] , right angle [3] , obtuse [5] , right angle [3]
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