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.
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
adjective 1. having a thin, pointed nose. 2. having a sharp or projecting front: a sharp-nosed airplane. 3. having a keen or sensitive sense of smell.
- Sharp practice
Crafty or deceitful dealings, especially in business. For example, That firm’s known for its sharp practice, so I’d rather not deal with them. This expression, first recorded in 1836, uses sharp in the combined sense of “mentally acute” and “cutting.”
noun 1. a single-shot, lever-action breechloader rifle patented in the U.S. in 1848 and adopted by the U.S. military in the 1850s. adjective, sharper, sharpest. 1. having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife. 2. terminating in an edge or point; not blunt or rounded: The […]
noun 1. a town in NW Maryland: nearby is the site of the Civil War battle of Antietam 1862.