Hypertext Webster Gateway: "sharp"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sharp \Sharp\, v. i.
1. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.

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

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sharp \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.]

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.

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.
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) 1.7 (wn)

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
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:

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