Definitions of sharp

  1. sour or bitter in taste
  2. ending in a sharp point
  3. ( of something seen or heard) clearly defined; " a sharp photographic image"; " the sharp crack of a twig"; " the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"
  4. very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; " an incisive mind"; " a keen intelligence"; " of sharp and active intellect"
  5. high- pitched and sharp; " piercing screams"; " a shrill whistle"
  6. a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
  7. a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
  8. changing suddenly in direction and degree; " the road twists sharply after the light"; " turn sharp left here"
  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"
  10. keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; " a sharp pain"; " sharp winds"
  11. quick and forceful; " a sharp blow"
  12. very sudden and in great amount or degree; " a sharp drop in the stock market"
  13. ( music) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; " C sharp"
  14. harsh; " sharp criticism"; " a sharp- worded exchange"; " a tart remark"
  15. raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; " C sharp"
  16. Exactly.
  17. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
  18. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.
  19. 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.
  20. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
  21. 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.
  22. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.
  23. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
  24. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment.
  25. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
  26. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
  27. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.
  28. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
  29. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.
  30. Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.
  31. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
  32. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp.
  33. A sharp tool or weapon.
  34. A sharp tone or note.
  35. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
  36. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
  37. To sharpen.
  38. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
  39. To sing above the proper pitch.
  40. Shrill.
  41. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp ( C), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
  42. The character [] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
  43. 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.
  44. Piercingly; keenly; to an edge or point.
  45. 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.
  46. To make higher in pitch by a semitone.
  47. To sing or play above the correct pitch.
  48. Sharply.
  49. 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.
  50. An acute sound: ( music) a note raised a semitone: the character directing this: a shrewdly dishonest person, especially at gaming and speculating.
  51. A note raised a semitone; character # denoting this.
  52. Having a cutting edge or fine point; keen; acute; severe; eager; fierce; acid.
  53. Having a keen edge or an acute point.
  54. Keen of perception; quick witted; shrewd.
  55. Ardent; quick; eger.
  56. Painful; harsh; rigorous; sarcastic; bitter; pungent.
  57. Distinct, as in outline. Being above the proper pitch.
  58. A note raised a half step in pitch, or a character (#) indicating this.
  59. A long and slender needle.
  60. A sharper.
  61. In a sharp manner; on the very instant.
  62. 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.
  63. An acute sound; a note artificially raised a semitone, marked thus; the mark itself.
  64. To make keen or acute; to mark with a sharp.
  65. To play tricks in bargaining.
  66. Same as Middlings, 1.
  67. 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.
  68. In music, a note raised by a certain figure, itself also termed a sharp.
  69. To mark with a sharp.

Usage examples for sharp

  1. He felt a sharp fear of Paredes. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  2. There ain't no way out of it; I told Mr. Weskin I 'd expect him at sharp eight on sharp business, 'n' he 'll come. – Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs by Anne Warner
  3. But before we reached it we climbed sharp to the right around the end of the mountains, made our way through a low pass, and so found ourselves in a new country entirely. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  4. She gave a sharp sigh. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  5. It was sharp, pointing like a finger to heaven, and I liked it best. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  6. As sharp as Coon's nose, then; that will do. – The Joyous Story of Toto by Laura E. Richards
  7. " I don't believe you like it," said sharp Laurencine. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  8. Dartrey set sharp eyes on him for an instant, bowed; and went. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  9. Look sharp; I want my tea! – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  10. You have sharp eyes. – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  11. " That was a sharp rock! – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  12. Well, you have other teeth in their place, white and sharp- but by this time you are four years old." – Mae Madden by Mary Murdoch Mason
  13. It will be sharp work, though. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  14. When I told her to look sharp and not keep his lordship waiting, I do believe she laughed in my face. – The Man Who Drove the Car by Max Pemberton
  15. " Of course you know by this time that your mother's very sharp," said Fleda. – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  16. Both were sharp enough just then. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  17. She had not been sharp with him, even in play. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  18. " I expect not," was the answer, with another sharp glance of his ugly blue eyes. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  19. She spoke this so sharp and quickly that he had no reply ready. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope