Sharpen

Definition of Sharpen

Sharp´en
v. t.1.To make sharp.
[imp. & p. p. Sarpened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sharpening.]
The air . . . sharpened his visual ray
To objects distant far.
- Milton.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
- Burke.
2.To make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires.
Epicurean cooks
Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite.
- Shak.
3.To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease.
Inclosures not only preserve sound, but increase and sharpen it.
- Bacon.
4.(Mus.) To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar.
v. i.1.To grow or become sharp.

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