adjective, sharper, sharpest.
having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing:
a sharp knife.
terminating in an edge or point; not blunt or rounded:
The table had sharp corners.
involving a sudden or abrupt change in direction or course:
a sharp curve in the road; The car made a sharp turn.
abrupt, as an ascent:
a sharp drop.
consisting of angular lines and pointed forms or of thin, long features:
He had a sharp face.
clearly defined; distinct:
a sharp photographic image.
distinct or marked, as a contrast:
sharp differences of opinion.
pungent or biting in taste:
a sharp cheese.
piercing or shrill in sound:
a sharp cry.
keenly cold, as weather:
a sharp, biting wind.
felt acutely; intense; distressing:
merciless, caustic, or harsh:
fierce or violent:
a sharp struggle.
keen or eager:
quick, brisk, or spirited.
alert or vigilant:
They kept a sharp watch for the enemy.
a sharp lad.
extremely sensitive or responsive; keen:
sharp vision; sharp hearing.
shrewd or astute:
a sharp bargainer.
shrewd to the point of dishonesty:
(of a tone) raised a chromatic half step in pitch:
above an intended pitch, as a note; too high (opposed to flat1 (def 26b.)).
Informal. very stylish:
a sharp dresser; a sharp jacket.
Radio, Electronics. of, relating to, or responsive to a very narrow range of frequencies.
Phonetics. fortis; voiceless.
composed of hard, angular grains, as sand.
verb (used with object)
Music. to raise in pitch, especially by one chromatic half step.
verb (used without object)
to sound above the true pitch.
keenly or acutely.
abruptly or suddenly:
to pull a horse up sharp.
Meet me at one o’clock sharp.
Music. above the true pitch:
You’re singing a little sharp.
Usually, sharps. a medium-length needle with a rounded eye and a sharp point, used for all-purpose hand sewing.
Informal. an expert.
a tone one chromatic half step above a given tone.
(in musical notation) the symbol ♯ indicating this.
William (“Fiona Macleod”) 1855?–1905, Scottish poet and critic.
having a keen edge suitable for cutting
having an edge or point; not rounded or blunt
involving a sudden change, esp in direction: a sharp bend
moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc: sharp reflexes
mentally acute; clever; astute
sly or artful; clever in an underhand way: sharp practice
bitter or harsh: sharp words
shrill or penetrating: a sharp cry
having an acrid taste
keen; biting: a sharp wind, sharp pain
(immediately postpositive) denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone: B sharp
(of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch Compare flat1 (sense 23)
(phonetics) a less common word for fortis
at the sharp end, involved in the area of any activity where there is most difficulty, competition, danger, etc
in a sharp manner
exactly: six o’clock sharp
higher than a standard pitch
out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch: she sings sharp Compare flat1 (sense 29)
an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitone Usual symbol ♯
a note affected by this accidental Compare flat1 (sense 35)
a thin needle with a sharp point
(informal) a sharper
(usually pl) any medical instrument with sharp point or edge, esp a hypodermic needle
(transitive) (music, US & Canadian) to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone Usual equivalent in Britain and certain other countries) sharpen
(South African, slang) an exclamation of full agreement or approval
Cecil (James). 1859–1924, British musician, best known for collecting, editing, and publishing English folk songs
Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice
- Sharp apl
language (Or “Dictionary APL”) [“A Dictionary of the APL Language”, K. Iverson, Pub 0402, Sharp Assocs, Toronto, 1985]. (ftp://watserv1.waterloo.edu/languages/apl/sharp.apl). (1997-09-02)
- Sharp as a tack
shape someone up sharp as a tack Also, sharp as a razor. Mentally acute. For example, She’s very witty—she’s sharp as a tack. These similes are also used literally to mean “having a keen cutting edge” and have largely replaced the earlier sharp as a needle or thorn. The first dates from about 1900, the […]
noun 1. (informal) an organization that has been underperforming its competitors but suddenly becomes more successful, often as a result of new management or changes in its business strategy
noun 1. a passerine bird, Oxyruncus cristatus, of New World tropical forests, having greenish plumage and a pointed bill, related to the tyrant flycatchers.