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

Usage examples for sharp

  1. Both were sharp enough just then. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  2. 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
  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. 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
  5. Look sharp; I want my tea! – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  6. She spoke this so sharp and quickly that he had no reply ready. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  7. 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
  8. Just as if my eyes aren't as sharp as hers! – The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess
  9. " I expect not," was the answer, with another sharp glance of his ugly blue eyes. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  10. 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
  11. " That was a sharp rock! – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  12. " I don't believe you like it," said sharp Laurencine. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  13. She gave a sharp sigh. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  14. You have sharp eyes. – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  15. " Of course you know by this time that your mother's very sharp," said Fleda. – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  16. She had not been sharp with him, even in play. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  17. As sharp as Coon's nose, then; that will do. – The Joyous Story of Toto by Laura E. Richards
  18. He felt a sharp fear of Paredes. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  19. It will be sharp work, though. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  20. It was sharp, pointing like a finger to heaven, and I liked it best. – Audrey by Mary Johnston