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sharp


  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sharp  \Sharp\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  play  tricks  in  bargaining;  to  act  the  sharper. 
  --L'Estrange. 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  To  sing  above  the  proper  pitch. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sharp  \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 
  flash. 
 
  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 
  judgment. 
 
  Nothing  makes  men  sharper  .  .  .  than  want 
  --Addison. 
 
  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 
  customer. 
 
  The  necessity  of  being  so  sharp  and  exacting. 
  --Swift. 
 
  11.  Composed  of  hard,  angular  grains;  gritty;  as  sharp  sand. 
  --Moxon. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sharp  \Sharp\,  adv 
  1.  To  a  point  or  edge;  piercingly;  eagerly;  sharply.  --M. 
  Arnold. 
 
  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.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sharp  \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. 
  --Collier. 
 
  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] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sharp  \Sharp\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sharped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sharping}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sharp 
  adj  1:  (of  something  seen  or  heard)  clearly  defined;  "a  sharp 
  photographic  image";  "the  sharp  crack  of  a  twig";  "the 
  crisp  snap  of  dry  leaves  underfoot"  [syn:  {crisp}] 
  2:  ending  in  a  sharp  point  [syn:  {acuate},  {acute}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {acute},  {discriminating},  {incisive}, 
  {keen},  {knifelike},  {penetrating},  {penetrative},  {piercing}] 
  4:  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" 
  [syn:  {astute},  {shrewd}] 
  5:  harsh;  "sharp  criticism";  "a  sharp-worded  exchange";  "a  tart 
  remark"  [syn:  {sharp-worded},  {tart}] 
  6:  high-pitched  and  sharp;  "piercing  screams";  "a  shrill 
  whistle"  [syn:  {piercing},  {shrill}] 
  7:  extremely  steep;  "an  abrupt  canyon";  "the  precipitous  rapids 
  of  the  upper  river";  "the  precipitous  hills  of  Chinese 
  paintings";  "a  sharp  drop"  [syn:  {abrupt},  {precipitous}] 
  8:  keenly  and  painfully  felt;  as  if  caused  by  a  sharp  edge  or 
  point;  "a  sharp  pain";  "sharp  winds"  [ant:  {dull}] 
  9:  very  penetrating  and  clear  and  sharp  in  operation;  "an 
  incisive  mind";  "a  keen  intelligence";  "of  sharp  and 
  active  intellect"  [syn:  {incisive},  {keen}] 
  10:  having  or  made  by  a  thin  edge  or  sharp  point;  suitable  for 
  cutting  or  piercing;  "a  sharp  knife";  "a  pencil  with  a 
  sharp  point"  [ant:  {dull}] 
  11:  sour  or  bitter  in  taste  [syn:  {acerb},  {acerbic},  {astringent}] 
  12:  (music)  raised  in  pitch  by  one  chromatic  semitone;  "C  sharp" 
  [ant:  {flat},  {natural}] 
  13:  very  sudden  and  in  great  amount  or  degree;  "a  sharp  drop  in 
  the  stock  market" 
  14:  quick  and  forceful;  "a  sharp  blow" 
  n  1:  a  notation  indicating  one  half  step  higher  than  the  note 
  named 
  2:  a  long  thin  sewing  needle  with  a  sharp  point 
  adv  :  changing  suddenly  in  direction  and  degree;  "the  road  twists 
  sharply  after  the  light";  "turn  sharp  left  here"  [syn: 
  {sharply}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  sharp 
 
    {hash}. 
 
 




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