ob|tuse´ness

ob|tuse´ness
ob|tuse «uhb TOOS, -TYOOS», adjective.
1. not sharp or acute; blunt.
2. having an angle of more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees: »

an obtuse triangle.

3. Figurative. slow in understanding; stupid: »

He was too obtuse to take the hint.

4. a) indistinctly felt or perceived: »

an obtuse pain, an obtuse sound.

b) Figurative. not sensitive; dull: »

One's hearing often becomes obtuse in old age. a person…obtuse insensibility and unimaginative in temperament(Harriet Beecher Stowe).

5. rounded at the top:»

an obtuse leaf or petal.

[< Latin obtūsus blunt, dulled, past participle of obtundere < ob- on + tundere to beat]
ob|tuse´ly, adverb.
ob|tuse´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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