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Definition of Sharp

Sharp

  1. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
  2. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.
  3. 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.
  4. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
  5. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C/), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
  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. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.
  8. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
  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. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
  11. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
  12. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.
  13. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
  14. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.
  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. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
  17. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp.
  18. A sharp tool or weapon.
  19. The character [/] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
  20. A sharp tone or note.
  21. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
  22. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
  23. Same as Middlings, 1.
  24. An expert.
  25. To sharpen.
  26. To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.
  27. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
  28. To sing above the proper pitch.

Sharp Quotations

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'.
Dan Rather

The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
Buddha

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
Khalil Gibran

There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.
Antoni Gaudi

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams
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Sharp Translations

sharp in Afrikaans is presies
sharp in Danish is skarp
sharp in Dutch is doordringend, bijtend, fel, guur
sharp in German is schaftem
sharp in Italian is nitido, acuto, stridulo, elevato
sharp in Latin is silex silicis (med. cilicis), acidus, acer
sharp in Portuguese is afiado
sharp in Spanish is aprisa, chillon, elevada, acre, afilado, sostenido

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