sharp Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
noun a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
adjective satellite (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
- a sharp photographic image
- the sharp crack of a twig
- the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot
adjective satellite ending in a sharp point
acuate; needlelike; acute.
adjective satellite having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
acute; penetrating; incisive; penetrative; piercing; discriminating; keen; knifelike.
- 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
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite harsh
- sharp criticism
- a sharp-worded exchange
- a tart remark
adjective satellite having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
- a shrill whistle
- a shrill gaiety
adjective satellite extremely steep
- an abrupt canyon
- the precipitous rapids of the upper river
- the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings
- a sharp drop
adjective keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point
- a sharp pain
- sharp winds
adjective having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing
- a sharp knife
- a pencil with a sharp point
adjective (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
- C sharp
adjective satellite very sudden and in great amount or degree
- a sharp drop in the stock market
adjective satellite quick and forceful
- a sharp blow
adverb 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
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.
Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharphill; sharpfeatures.
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.
(Mus.) (a) High in pitch; acute; as, a. sharpnote or tone (b) Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C. sharp(C♯), 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. Opposed in all these senses to sharp; that instrument is sharp flat.
Very trying to the feelings; pierching; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as,. sharppain, weather; a sharpand frosty air
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. Shak.
The morning sharp and clear. Cowper.
In sharpest perils faithful proved. Keble.
Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe;"That sharp look." Tennyson. as, a. sharprebuke
To that place the sharp Athenian law Can not pursue us. Shak.
Be thy words severe, Sharp as merits but the sword forbear. Dryden.
Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a. sharpeye; sharpsight, 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.
Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a. sharpappetite
Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous."In sharp contest of battle." Milton.
A sharp assault already is begun. Dryden.
Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharpdealer; a sharpcustomer.
The necessity of being so sharp and exacting. Swift.
Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty;Moxon. as,. sharpsand
Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a. sharpascent or descent; a sharpturn or curve
(Phonetics) Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated. ✍ Sharp is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sharp-cornered, sharp-edged, sharp-pointed, sharp-tasted, sharp-visaged, etc. 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.
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.
Precisely; exactly;Colloq. as, we shall start at ten o'clock. sharp
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.
(Mus.) (a) The character [♯] 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.
A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.Prov. Eng. C. Kingsley.
A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
Same as Middlings, 1.
Sharp transitive verb
To sharpen.Obs. Spenser.
(Mus.) To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.
Sharp intransitive verb
To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.L'Estrange.
(Mus.) To sing above the proper pitch.
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