Sharp

Definition of Sharp

a.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.) High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
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.
6.Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
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.
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.
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.
Sharp practice
the getting of an advantage, or the attempt to do so, by a tricky expedient.
To brace sharp
(Naut.) to turn the yards to the most oblique position possible, that the ship may lie well up to the wind.
adv.1.To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
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.
Look sharp
attend; be alert.
n.1.A sharp tool or weapon.
If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps, gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.
- Collier.
2.(Mus.) The character [$] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
3.A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
4.A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
5.Same as Middlings, 1.
6.An expert.
v. t.1.To sharpen.
[imp. & p. p. Sharped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sharping.]
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.
v. i.1.To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
2.(Mus.) To sing above the proper pitch.

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