Sharp

sharp [sharp sharps sharped sharping] adjective, adverb, noun BrE [ʃɑːp]
NAmE [ʃɑːrp]
adjective (sharp·er, sharp·est) EDGE/POINT
1. having a fine edge or point, especially of sth that can cut or make a hole in sth
a sharp knife
sharp teeth
Opp: blunt  
RISE/DROP/CHANGE
2. usually before noun sudden and rapid, especially of a change in sth
a sharp drop in prices
a sharp rise in crime
a sharp increase in unemployment
He heard a sharp intake of breath.
We need to give young criminals a short, sharp shock (= a punishment that is very unpleasant for a short time).  
CLEAR/DEFINITE
3. usually before noun clear and definite
a sharp outline
The photograph is not very sharp (= there are no clear contrasts between areas of light and shade).
She drew a sharp distinction between domestic and international politics.
In sharp contrast to her mood, the clouds were breaking up to reveal a blue sky.
The issue must be brought into sharper focus.  
MIND/EYES
4. (of people or their minds, eyes, etc.) quick to notice or understand things or to react
to have sharp eyes
a girl of sharp intelligence
a sharp sense of humour
He kept a sharp lookout for any strangers.
It was very sharp of you to see that!  
CRITICAL
5. (of a person or what they say) critical or severe
sharp criticism
Emma has a sharp tongue (= she often speaks in an unpleasant or unkind way).
~ with sb He was very sharp with me when I was late.  
SOUNDS
6. usually before noun loud, sudden and often high in tone
She read out the list in sharp, clipped tones.
There was a sharp knock on the door.  
FEELING
7. (of a physical feeling or an emotion) very strong and sudden, often like being cut or wounded
Syn: intense
He winced as a sharp pain shot through his leg.
Polly felt a sharp pang of jealousy.  
CURVES
8. changing direction suddenly
a sharp bend in the road
a sharp turn to the left  
FLAVOUR/SMELL
9. strong and slightly bitter
The cheese has a distinctively sharp taste.  
FROST/WIND
10. used to describe a very cold or very severe frost or wind
see also razor-sharp  
CLEVER AND DISHONEST
11. (disapproving) (of a person or their way of doing business) clever but possibly dishonest
His lawyer's a sharp operator.
The firm had to face some sharp practice from competing companies.  
CLOTHES
12. usually before noun (of clothes or the way sb dresses) fashionable and new
The consultants were a group of men in sharp suits.
Todd is a sharp dresser.  
FACE/FEATURES
13. not full or round in shape
a man with a thin face and sharp features (= a pointed nose and chin)  
IN MUSIC
14. used after the name of a note to mean a note a semitone/half tone higher
the Piano Sonata in C sharp minor
Opp: flat
compare natural
15. above the correct pitch (= how high or low a note sounds)
That note sounded sharp.
Opp: flat
Word Origin:
Old English sc(e)arp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch scherp and German scharf.
Thesaurus:
sharp adj.
1.
Use a really sharp knife.
jagged • • serrated
Opp: blunt
a sharp/jagged/serrated edge
a sharp/serrated blade/knife
(a) sharp/jagged rock/teeth
2. usually before noun
There has been a sharp rise in crime.
sudden • • dramatic • • abrupt
Opp: gradual
a/an sharp/sudden/dramatic/abrupt increase/rise (in sth)
a sharp/sudden/dramatic drop/fall/change/improvement/deterioration (in sth)
3. usually before noun
In sharp contrast to her mood, the sun shone in a clear blue sky.
striking • • distinct • • definite • • clear|especially written marked • • pronounced
a sharp/striking/distinct/definite/clear/marked/pronounced difference
a sharp/striking/distinct/definite/clear/marked improvement
a sharp/striking/distinct/clear/marked contrast
a sharp/striking/definite/marked/pronounced increase
4. (usually disapproving)
He was sharp with me when I was late.
usually disapproving curt • • brusque|sometimes disapproving short • • abrupt • • terse • • clipped
sharp/curt/brusque/short/abrupt with sb
a sharp/curt/brusque/terse/clipped voice
a sharp/curt/brusque/clipped tone
5.
The fruit had a sharp taste.
sour • • acid • • bitter • • pungent • • acrid
Opp: sweet
a/an sharp/sour/acid/bitter/pungent/acrid taste/flavour/smell/odour
a/an sharp/sour/acid/bitter fruit
a/an sharp/bitter/pungent/acrid scent
Which word? A bitter taste is usually unpleasant, but some people enjoy the bitter flavour of coffee or chocolate; no other word can describe this flavour. A sharp or pungent flavour is more strong than unpleasant, especially when describing cheese. Sharp, sour and acid all describe the taste of a lemon or a fruit that is not ripe. An acrid smell is strong and unpleasant, especially the smell of smoke or burning, but not the smell of food.
Synonyms:
bitter
pungent sour acrid sharp acid
These words all describe a strong, unpleasant taste or smell.
bitter • (of a taste or smell) strong and usually unpleasant; (of food or drink) having a bitter taste.
pungent • (of a smell or taste) strong and usually unpleasant; (of food or smoke) having a pungent smell or taste: the pungent smell of burning rubber
sour • (of a taste) bitter like the taste of a lemon or of fruit that is not ripe; (of food or drink) having a sour taste: Too much pulp produces a sour wine.
acrid • (of a smell or taste) strong and unpleasant; (of smoke) having an acrid smell: acrid smoke from burning tyres
sharp • (of a taste or smell) strong and slightly bitter; (of food or drink) having a sharp taste: The cheese has a distinctively sharp taste.
acid • (of a taste or smell) bitter, like the taste of a lemon or of fruit that is not ripe; (of food or drink) having an acid taste.
which word?
A bitter taste is usually unpleasant, but some people enjoy the bitter flavour of coffee or chocolate. No other word can describe this flavour. A sharp or pungent flavour is more strong than unpleasant, especially when describing cheese. Sharp, sour and acid all describe the taste of a lemon or a fruit that is not ripe. An acrid smell is strong and unpleasant, especially the smell of smoke or burning, but not the smell of food.
a(n) bitter/pungent/sour/acrid/sharp/acid taste/flavour
a(n) bitter/pungent/acrid/sharp/acid smell/odour
a(n) bitter/sour/sharp/acid fruit
pungent/sharp cheese
pungent/acrid smoke
Example Bank:
Her voice sounded rather sharp.
Raw cranberries are extremely sharp and must always be cooked with a little sugar.
She was quite sharp with me when I talked during her lecture.
That note was slightly sharp.
The picture is surprisingly sharp and clear.
This cheese has a slightly sharp flavour.
a display of wickedly sharp teeth
a fairly sharp rise in the cost of living
a razor sharp mind
Careful— the kittens have razor-sharp teeth
Emma has a sharp tongue.
He has been exchanging sharp words with his architect.
He heard a sharp intake of breath.
His lawyer's a sharp operator.
Take a sheet of paper and a sharp pencil.
The air had a sharp sooty smell.
The dog bared his long sharp teeth.
The photograph is not very sharp.
The sky was dark, with only the outlines of dockside warehouses standing sharp on the skyline.
There has been a sharp drop in prices.
We need to give young criminals a short, sharp shock.
You'll need a really sharp knife for this job.
Idioms: look sharp not the sharpest knife in the drawer not the sharpest tool in the box sharp end
Derived Word: sharpness
adverb  EXACTLY
1. used after an expression for a time of day to mean ‘exactly’
Please be here at seven o'clock sharp.  
LEFT/RIGHT
2. (BrE) ~ left/right turning suddenly to the left or right  
MUSIC
3. (comparative sharp·er, no superlative) above the correct pitch (= how high or low a note sounds)
Opp: flat
Word Origin:
Old English sc(e)arp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch scherp and German scharf.
noun
1. (music) a note played a semitone/half tone higher than the note that is named. The written symbol is (♯)
It's a difficult piece to play, full of sharps and flats.
Opp: flat
compare natural
2. sharps plural (medical) things with a sharp edge or point, such as needles and syringes
the safe disposal of sharps
sharps injuries
Word Origin:
Old English sc(e)arp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch scherp and German scharf.

WordNet Dictionary:
I
noun
1. a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
2. a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
II
adjective
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
- 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
3. ending in a sharp point
Syn: acuate, acute, needlelike
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
- a shrill whistle
- a shrill gaiety
Syn: 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
- a sharp knife
- a pencil with a sharp point
Ant: dull
- the road twists sharply after the light
- turn sharp left here
- the visor was acutely peaked
- her shoes had acutely pointed toes
Syn: sharply, acutely

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
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.
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.
The morning sharp and clear.
In sharpest perils faithful proved.
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.
Be thy words severe,
Sharp as merits but the sword forbear.
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.
Many other things belong to the material world, wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye arrived at clear and distinct ideas.
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.
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.
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.
You bite so sharp at reasons.
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.
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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(character)sharp - hash.

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