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Definitions of sharp

  1. extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. sour or bitter in taste Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. ending in a sharp point A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  4. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (of something seen or heard) clearly defined; "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. quick and forceful; "a sharp blow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in the stock market" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. (music) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. Exactly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. A sharp tool or weapon. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. A sharp tone or note. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. An expert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To sharpen. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To sing above the proper pitch. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. Shrill. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. The character [] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. Having a thin edge; as, a sharp knife; ending in a fine point; well-defined; distinct; keen; as, a sharp eye; severe; as, a sharp pain; shrill; as. A sharp sound; acid or pungent; as, a sharp taste; sarcastic or bitter; as, a sharp reproof; intensely cold; attentive; as, a sharp lookout; violent; abrupt; as, a sharp bend in the road; in music, above true pitch; raised a semitone in pitch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. Piercingly; keenly; to an edge or point. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. In music, a tone or note raised a semitone in pitch; a character on a degree of the staff indicating that the degree is a half step higher in pitch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  51. To make higher in pitch by a semitone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  52. To sing or play above the correct pitch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  53. Sharply. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. Sharpness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  55. Having a thin, cutting edge or fine point: peaked or ridged: affecting the senses as if pointed or cutting: severe: keen: of keen or quick perception: pungent: biting: sarcastic: eager: fierce: impetuous: shrill. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  56. An acute sound: (music) a note raised a semitone: the character directing this: a shrewdly dishonest person, especially at gaming and speculating. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  57. A note raised a semitone; character # denoting this. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  58. Having a cutting edge or fine point; keen; acute; severe; eager; fierce; acid. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  59. Having a keen edge or an acute point. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. Keen of perception; quick witted; shrewd. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. Ardent; quick; eger. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. Painful; harsh; rigorous; sarcastic; bitter; pungent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. Distinct, as in outline. Being above the proper pitch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  64. A note raised a half step in pitch, or a character (#) indicating this. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  65. A long and slender needle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. A sharper. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. In a sharp manner; on the very instant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. Having a very thin edge or fine point; terminating in an edge or point; peaked acute-angled; not obtuse; acute of mind; ready at invention; witty; of quick nice perception; sour; shrill; severe; harsh; sarcastic; severely rigid; keen; fierce; very painful; very vigilant; piercing; subtle; thin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  69. An acute sound; a note artificially raised a semitone, marked thus; the mark itself. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  70. To make keen or acute; to mark with a sharp. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  71. To play tricks in bargaining. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  72. Same as Middlings, 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. Having a keen edge or a fine point; bent at an angle less than a right angle; acute of mind; of quick or nice perceptions; acid; pungent; shrill; not flat, as sounds; biting or piercing, as the wind; harsh, fierce, or severe, as words; characterised by keenness or severity; keenly attentive to one's own interest; unfair; knavish; narrow; lean; hard, as sand. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  74. In music, a note raised by a certain figure, itself also termed a sharp. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  75. To mark with a sharp. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  76. The character [ (b) A sharp tone or note. Shak. dictgcide_fs
  77. shärp, adj. having a thin cutting edge or fine point: peaked or ridged: affecting the senses as if pointed or cutting: severe: keen, keenly contested: alive to one's interests, barely honest: of keen or quick perception: vigilant, attentive: pungent, biting, sarcastic: eager: fierce: impetuous: shrill: (phon.) denoting a consonant pronounced with breath and not voice, surd--as the sharp mutes, p, t, k.--n. an acute or shrill sound: (mus.) a note raised a semitone in the scale, also the character directing this: a long and slender sewing-needle--opp. to a blunt and a between: a small sword or duelling sword: a sharper, cheat: (pl.) the hard parts of wheat, middlings: an oysterman's boat--also SHARP'IE, SHARP'Y.--v.t. (obs.) to sharpen.--v.i. to play the sharper, cheat.--adj. SHARP'-CUT, cut sharply or definitely: well-defined: clear.--v.t. SHARP'EN, to make sharp or keen, pungent or painful, active or acute.--v.i. to grow sharp.--ns. SHAR'PENER, one who sharpens; SHARP'ER, a trickster: a swindler: a cheat.--adjs. SHARP'-EYED, sharp-sighted; SHARP'-GROUND, ground to a sharp edge; SHARP'-LOOK'ING (Shak.), hungry-looking.--adv. SHARP'LY, quickly: to the moment: (mus.) above the true pitch.--n. SHARP'NESS.--adjs. SHARP'-NOSED, having a pointed nose: keen of scent, as a dog; SHARP'-SET, ravenous.--ns. SHARP'-SHOOT'ER, an old term applied in the army to riflemen when skirmishing or specially employed as marksmen; SHARP'-SHOOT'ING.--adjs. SHARP'-SIGHT'ED, having acute sight: shrewd; SHARP'-VIS'AGED, having a thin face; SHARP'-WIT'TED, having an acute wit.--LOOK SHARP, to show eagerness, to act quickly. [A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  78. With fine edge or point, not blunt; peaked, pointed, edged, (s. gable, summit, ridge); well-defined, clean-cut, (s. outline, distinction, impression, features; so s.-cut); abrupt, angular, (s. turn, incline); keen, pungent, acid, tart, shrill, piercing, biting, harsh, acrimonious, severe, intense, painful, (s. flavour, wine, voice, cry, frost, air, words, tongue, temper, reproof, contest, attack of gout); acute, sensitive, quick to see or hear or notice, keen-witted, vigilant, clever, (s. eyes, ears, intelligence, attention; s.-sighted, -witted, &c.; keep a s. look-out; a s. remark, child; as s. as a needle, very intelligent); quick to take advantage, bent on winning, artful, unscrupulous, dishonest, (was too s. for me, overreached me; s. practice, barely honest dealings); vigorous, speedy, not loitering, impetuous, (take a s. walk; s.\'s the word, exhortation to be quick; s.work, said of matter quickly dispatched or fight &c. that takes all one\'s energy); (Phonet., of mutes) unvoiced, hard; (Mus., opp. flat) above true pitch (piano is s.; B, D, &c., s., a semitone higher than B, D, &c.), (of key) having sharp (s) in signature; sharpshooter, skilled shot posted where marksmanship is required; hence sharpen v.t. & i., (-)sharpener (1,2) n., sharply adv., sharpness n. (N.) sewing-needle of slender make; (Mus.) note raised a semitone above pitch, symbol indicating this raising, ss. & flat s; s. consonant. (Adv.) punctually (at six o\'clock s.); (Mus.) above true pitch (is singing s.); look s.; s.-set, hungry; s.-shod, calked. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  79. Sharpen, whet, (archaic or vulg.); raise pitch of (note) or mark as s.; play unfairly, swindle, at cards &c., whence sharper n. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. n. An acute sound; especially, a note raised a semitone above its proper pitch;-the character which directs that a note be thus raised. Cabinet Dictionary

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