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Definition of sharp:

  1. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
  2. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
  3. A sharp tone or note.
  4. A sharp tool or weapon.
  5. 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.
  6. An expert.
  7. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
  8. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
  9. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
  10. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
  11. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
  12. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
  13. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.
  14. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment.
  15. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp.
  16. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp ( C), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
  17. 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.
  18. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.
  19. Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.
  20. The character [] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
  21. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
  22. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
  23. To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.
  24. To sharpen.
  25. To sing above the proper pitch.
  26. Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.
  27. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.


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