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Sharp meaning

sharp - 30 dictionary results

  1. 1. raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; " C sharp"
  2. 2. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
  3. 3. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.
  8. 8. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
  9. 9. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment.
  10. 10. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
  11. 11. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
  12. 12. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.
  13. 13. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
  14. 14. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.
  15. 15. Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.
  16. 16. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
  17. 17. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp.
  18. 18. A sharp tool or weapon.
  19. 19. A sharp tone or note.
  20. 20. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
  21. 21. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
  22. 22. An expert.
  23. 23. To sharpen.
  24. 24. To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.
  25. 25. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
  26. 26. To sing above the proper pitch.
  27. 27. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp ( C), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
  28. 28. The character [] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
  29. 29. A note raised a semitone; character # denoting this.
  30. 30. Having a cutting edge or fine point; keen; acute; severe; eager; fierce; acid.

sharp - examples of usage

  1. The sharp eyes of some girls noticed it first. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  2. The Bishop's sharp old eyes had told him to expect something of what was coming. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. Presently his mate appeared, and with a sharp note he called her down beside him. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
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