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Meaning of SHARP

Pronunciation:  shârp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
  2. [n]  a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
  3. [adv]  changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here"
  4. [adj]  marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"
  5. [adj]  (of something seen or heard) clearly defined; "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"
  6. [adj]  having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
  7. [adj]  keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
  8. [adj]  quick and forceful; "a sharp blow"
  9. [adj]  very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in the stock market"
  10. [adj]  extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
  11. [adj]  high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle"
  12. [adj]  very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect"
  13. [adj]  (music) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp"
  14. [adj]  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
  15. [adj]  harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark"
  16. [adj]  ending in a sharp point
  17. [adj]  sour or bitter in taste

SHARP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abrupt, acerb, acerbic, acuate, acute, astringent, astute, carnassial, crisp, cutting, discriminating, distinct, edged, forceful, fulgurating, high, high-pitched, incisive, intelligent, intense, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, penetrating, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, precipitous, salt, scratching, sharpened, sharply, sharp-worded, shrewd, shrill, smart, sour, stabbing, steep, sudden, tart, unpleasant
 Antonyms: dull, flat, natural
 See Also: musical notation, pointed, sewing needle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sharp\, a. [Compar. {Sharper}; superl. {Sharpest}.] [OE.
    sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. scearp; akin to OS. skarp, LG.
    scharp, D. scherp, G. scharf, Dan. & Sw. skarp, Icel. skarpr.
    Cf. {Escarp}, {Scrape}, {Scorpion}.]
    1. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut
       or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
             He dies upon my scimeter's sharp point. --Shak.
    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
    4. (Mus.)
       (a) High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
       (b) Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C[sharp]),
           which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
       (c) 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}.
    5. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe;
       painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and
       frosty air.
             Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. --Shak.
             The morning sharp and clear.          --Cowper.
             In sharpest perils faithful proved.   --Keble.
    6. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel;
       harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke. ``That sharp
       look.'' --Tennyson.
             To that place the sharp Athenian law Can not pursue
             us.                                   --Shak.
             Be thy words severe, Sharp as merits but the sword
             forbear.                              --Dryden.
    7. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish;
       having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious;
       clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or
             Nothing makes men sharper . . . than want.
             Many other things belong to the material world,
             wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye?
             arrived at clear and distinct ideas.  --L. Watts.
    8. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for
       gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
    9. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. ``In sharp
       contest of battle.'' --Milton.
             A sharp assault already is begun.     --Dryden.
    10. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close
        and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp
              The necessity of being so sharp and exacting.
    11. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
    12. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or
        descent; a sharp turn or curve.
    13. (Phonetics) Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath
        alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p,
        k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.
    Note: Sharp is often used in the formation of self-explaining
          compounds; as, sharp-cornered, sharp-edged,
          sharp-pointed, sharp-tasted, sharp-visaged, etc.
    {Sharp practice}, the getting of an advantage, or the attempt
       to do so, by a tricky expedient.
    {To brace sharp}, or {To sharp up} (Naut.), to turn the yards
       to the most oblique position possible, that the ship may
       lie well up to the wind.
    Syn: Keen; acute; piercing; penetrating; quick; sagacious;
         discerning; shrewd; witty; ingenious; sour; acid; tart;
         pungent; acrid; severe; poignant; biting; acrimonious;
         sarcastic; cutting; bitter; painful; afflictive;
         violent; harsh; fierce; ardent; fiery.
  2. \Sharp\, adv.
    1. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply. --M.
             The head [of a spear] full sharp yground. --Chaucer.
             You bite so sharp at reasons.         --Shak.
    2. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock
       sharp. [Colloq.]
    {Look sharp}, attend; be alert. [Colloq.]
  3. \Sharp\, n.
    1. A sharp tool or weapon. [Obs.]
             If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps,
             gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.
    2. (Mus.)
       (a) The character [[sharp]] used to indicate that the note
           before which it is placed is to be raised a half step,
           or semitone, in pitch.
       (b) A sharp tone or note. --Shak.
    3. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
       [Prov. Eng.] --C. Kingsley.
    4. A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of
       the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens,
       and sharps.
    5. pl. Same as {Middlings}, 1.
    6. An expert. [Slang]
  4. \Sharp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sharped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To sharpen. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. (Mus.) To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the
       tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone,
       above the natural tone.
  5. \Sharp\, v. i.
    1. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
    2. (Mus.) To sing above the proper pitch.
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