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Sharp

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sharp \Sharp\, adjective [Compar. {Sharper}; superl. {Sharpest}.] [OE. sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. scearp; akin to OS. skarp, LG. scharp, D. scherp, G. scharf, Dan. & Sw. skarp, Icel. skarpr. Cf. {Escarp}, {Scrape}, {Scorpion}.]

1. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.

He dies upon my scimeter's sharp point. --Shak.

2. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.

3. Affecting the sense as if pointed or cutting, keen, penetrating, acute: to the taste or smell, pungent, acid, sour, as ammonia has a sharp taste and odor; to the hearing, piercing, shrill, as a sharp sound or voice; to the eye, instantaneously brilliant, dazzling, as a sharp flash.

4. (Mus.) (a) High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone. (b) Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C[sharp]), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C. (c) So high as to be out of tune, or above true pitch; as, the tone is sharp; that instrument is sharp. Opposed in all these senses to {flat}.

5. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.

Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. --Shak.

The morning sharp and clear. --Cowper.

In sharpest perils faithful proved. --Keble.

6. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke. "That sharp look." --Tennyson.

To that place the sharp Athenian law Can not pursue us. --Shak.

Be thy words severe, Sharp as merits but the sword forbear. --Dryden.

7. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment.

Nothing makes men sharper . . . than want. --Addison.

Many other things belong to the material world, wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye? arrived at clear and distinct ideas. --L. Watts.

8. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.

9. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. "In sharp contest of battle." --Milton.

A sharp assault already is begun. --Dryden.

10. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.

The necessity of being so sharp and exacting. --Swift.

11. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand. --Moxon.

12. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.

13. (Phonetics) Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.

Note: Sharp is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sharp-cornered, sharp-edged, sharp-pointed, sharp-tasted, sharp-visaged, etc.

{Sharp practice}, the getting of an advantage, or the attempt to do so, by a tricky expedient.

{To brace sharp}, or {To sharp up} (Naut.), to turn the yards to the most oblique position possible, that the ship may lie well up to the wind.

Syn: Keen; acute; piercing; penetrating; quick; sagacious; discerning; shrewd; witty; ingenious; sour; acid; tart; pungent; acrid; severe; poignant; biting; acrimonious; sarcastic; cutting; bitter; painful; afflictive; violent; harsh; fierce; ardent; fiery.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sharp \Sharp\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sharped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sharping}.]

1. To sharpen. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. (Mus.) To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sharp \Sharp\, verb (used without an object)

1. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper. --L'Estrange.

2. (Mus.) To sing above the proper pitch.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sharp \Sharp\, adverb

1. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply. --M. Arnold.

The head [of a spear] full sharp yground. --Chaucer.

You bite so sharp at reasons. --Shak.

2. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp. [Colloq.]

{Look sharp}, attend; be alert. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sharp \Sharp\, noun

1. A sharp tool or weapon. [Obs.]

If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps, gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs. --Collier.

2. (Mus.) (a) The character [[sharp]] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch. (b) A sharp tone or note. --Shak.

3. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly. [Prov. Eng.] --C. Kingsley.

4. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.

5. pl. Same as {Middlings}, 1.

6. An expert. [Slang]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sharp

adverb

1: changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here"; "the visor was acutely peaked"; "her shoes had acutely pointed toes" [syn: {sharply}, {sharp}, {acutely}]

adjective

1: (of something seen or heard) clearly defined; "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot" [syn: {crisp}, {sharp}]

2: ending in a sharp point [syn: {acuate}, {acute}, {sharp}, {needlelike}]

3: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations" [syn: {acute}, {discriminating}, {incisive}, {keen}, {knifelike}, {penetrating}, {penetrative}, {piercing}, {sharp}]

4: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow" [syn: {astute}, {sharp}, {shrewd}]

5: harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark" [syn: {sharp}, {sharp-worded}, {tart}]

6: having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones ; "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety" [syn: {shrill}, {sharp}]

7: extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop" [syn: {abrupt}, {precipitous}, {sharp}]

8: keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds" [ant: {dull}]

9: having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point" [ant: {dull}]

10: (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp" [ant: {flat}, {natural}]

11: very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in the stock market"

12: quick and forceful; "a sharp blow"

noun

1: a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

2: a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

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