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sharp

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adjective \ˈshärp\

Simple Definition of sharp

  • : having a thin edge that is able to cut things or a fine point that is able to make a hole in things

  • : sudden and quick

  • : involving a sudden change in direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sharp

  1. 1 :  adapted to cutting or piercing: asa :  having a thin keen edge or fine pointb :  briskly or bitingly cold :  nipping <a sharp wind>

  2. 2a :  keen in intellect :  quick-wittedb :  keen in perception :  acute <sharp sight>c :  keen in attention :  vigilant <keep a sharp lookout>d :  keen in attention to one's own interest sometimes to the point of being unethical <a sharp trader>; also :  corrupt, unethical <sharp business practices>

  3. 3 :  keen in spirit or action: asa :  full of activity or energy :  brisk <sharp blows>b :  capable of acting or reacting strongly; especially :  caustic

  4. 4 :  severe, harsh: asa :  inclined to or marked by irritability or anger <a sharp temper>b :  causing intense mental or physical distress <a sharp pain>c :  cutting in language or import <a sharp rebuke>

  5. 5 :  affecting the senses or sense organs intensely: asa (1) :  having a strong odor or flavor <sharp cheese> (2) :  acridb :  having a strong piercing soundc :  having the effect of or involving a sudden brilliant display of light <a sharp flash>

  6. 6a :  terminating in a point or edge <sharp features>b :  involving an abrupt or marked change especially in direction <a sharp turn>c :  clear in outline or detail :  distinct <a sharp image>d :  set forth with clarity and distinctness <sharp contrast>

  7. 7a of a tone :  raised a half step in pitchb :  higher than the proper pitchc :  major, augmented —used of an interval in music

  8. 8 :  stylish, dressy

sharply

adverb

sharpness

noun

Examples of sharp in a sentence

  1. a sharp drop in temperature

  2. He took a sharp left turn.

  3. a sharp curve in the road

  4. Her cheerful mood stands in sharp contrast to her dreary surroundings.



Origin and Etymology of sharp

Middle English, from Old English scearp; akin to Old High German scarf sharp and perhaps to Old English scrapian to scrape — more at scrape


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of sharp

sharp, keen, acute mean having or showing alert competence and clear understanding. sharp implies quick perception, clever resourcefulness, or sometimes questionable trickiness <sharp enough to spot a confidence game>. keen suggests quickness, enthusiasm, and a penetrating mind <a keen observer of the political scene>. acute implies a power to penetrate and may suggest subtlety and sharpness of discrimination <an acute sense of style>.

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sharp

adverb

Simple Definition of sharp

  • : above the correct musical pitch

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sharp

  1. 1 :  in a sharp manner

  2. 2 :  exactly <1:15 sharp>

Examples of sharp in a sentence

  1. <be there at four o'clock sharp>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sharp

before 12th century


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sharp

noun

Simple Definition of sharp

  • : a musical note that is one semitone higher than a specified note; also : a written symbol ♯ that is placed before a note to show that it should be played a semitone higher

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sharp

  1. :  one that is sharp: asa :  a sharp edge or pointb (1) :  a musical note or tone one half step higher than a note or tone named (2) :  a character ♯ on a line or space of the musical staff indicating a pitch a half step higher than the degree would indicate without itc :  a needle with a small eye for sewing by handd :  a real or self-proclaimed expert; also :  sharper

Examples of sharp in a sentence

  1. <the computer sharp that the rest of the staff turns to whenever their PCs act up>



14th Century

First Known Use of sharp

14th century


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sharp

verb

Definition of sharp

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to raise (as a musical tone) in pitch; especially :  to raise in pitch by a half step

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to sing or play above the proper pitch



    1662

    First Known Use of sharp

    1662

    Rhymes with sharp


    Sharp

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    biographical name \ˈshärp\

    Definition of Sharp

    1. Phillip Allen 1944–     Am. biol.





    SHARP Defined for Kids

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    adjective \ˈshärp\

    Definition of sharp for Students

    sharper

    sharpest

    1. 1 :  having a thin edge or fine point (as for cutting or piercing) <a sharp knife>

    2. 2 :  brisk and cold <a sharp wind>

    3. 3 :  very smart <a sharp student>

    4. 4 :  attentive 1 <He kept a sharp watch.>

    5. 5 :  having very good ability to see or hear <You have sharp eyes.>

    6. 6 :  energetic, brisk <We kept up a sharp pace.>

    7. 7 :  showing anger or disapproval <a sharp reply>

    8. 8 :  causing distress :  severe <a sharp pain> <sharp criticism>

    9. 9 :  strongly affecting the senses <The workshop … had the sharp, warm scent of wood shavings and sawdust. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>

    10. 10 :  ending in a point or edge <a sharp mountain peak>

    11. 11 :  involving a sudden and quick change <a sharp drop in the temperature> <a sharp turn>

    12. 12 :  clear in outline or detail :  distinct <a sharp image>

    13. 13 :  raised in pitch by a half step <F sharp>

    14. 14 :  higher than true pitch <Her singing was slightly sharp.>

    15. 15 :  stylish <a sharp outfit>

    sharply

    adverb

    sharpness

    noun



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    sharp

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    adverb

    Definition of sharp for Students

    1. 1 :  at an exact time <four o'clock sharp>

    2. 2 :  at a higher than true pitch <He sang sharp.>




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    sharp

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    noun

    Definition of sharp for Students

    1. 1 :  a musical note or tone that is a half step higher than the note named

    2. 2 :  a sign ♯ that tells that a note is to be made higher by a half step




    Medical Dictionary

    sharp

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    noun \ˈshärp\

    Medical Definition of sharp

    1. :  a medical instrument (as a scalpel, lancet, or syringe needle) that is sharp or may produce sharp pieces by shattering <As I passed the hemostat, the needle clipped my glove and my skin … I then disposed of the sharp and tried to force bleeding.—The Journal of the American Medical Association, 4 Jan. 2012>—usually used in plural <It is no longer legal to dispose of sharps in the regular trash, Health Director Jeanne M. Galloway said in announcing the new collection station.—Angela Carbone, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican, 18 Oct. 2008>





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