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sharp

 (shärp)
adj. sharp·er, sharp·est
1. Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing.
2.
a. Having clear form and detail: a sharp photographic image.
b. Terminating in an edge or a point: sharp angular cliffs; a sharp nose.
c. Clearly and distinctly set forth: sharp contrasts in behavior.
3. Abrupt or acute: a sharp drop; a sharp turn.
4.
a. Intellectually penetrating; astute: was sharp in his analysis of the problem.
b. Marked by keenness and accuracy of perception: sharp hearing.
5. Crafty or deceitful, as in business dealings: sharp selling practices.
6. Vigilant; alert: kept a sharp lookout for shoplifters.
7.
a. Briskly or keenly cold and cutting: a sharp wind.
b. Harsh or biting in tone or character: sharp criticism.
8. Fierce or impetuous; violent: a sharp temper; a sharp assault.
9. Intense; severe: a sharp pain.
10.
a. Sudden and shrill: a sharp whistle.
b. Sudden and brilliant or dazzling: a sharp flash of lightning.
11. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste: a sharp pungent odor; a sharp cheese.
12. Composed of hard angular particles: sharp sand.
13. Music
a. Raised in pitch by a semitone.
b. Being above the proper pitch.
c. Having the key signature in sharps.
14. Informal Attractive or stylish: a sharp jacket.
adv.
1. In a sharp manner: hit me sharp on the brow.
2. Punctually; exactly: at three o'clock sharp.
3. Music Above the true or proper pitch.
n.
1. Music
a. A sign (#) used to indicate that a note is to be raised by a semitone.
b. A note that is raised a semitone.
2.
a. A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.
b. A hypodermic needle: a canister for disposing of used sharps.
3. Informal
a. An expert.
b. A shrewd cheater; a sharper.
v. sharped, sharp·ing, sharps Music
v.tr.
To raise in pitch by a semitone.
v.intr.
To play or sing above the proper pitch.

[Middle English, from Old English scearp; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

sharp′ly adv.
sharp′ness n.
Synonyms: sharp, keen1, acute
These adjectives all apply literally to fine edges, points, or tips. Figuratively they indicate mental alertness and clarity of comprehension. Sharp suggests quickness and astuteness: "a young man of sharp and active intellect" (John Henry Newman).
Keen implies clear-headedness and acuity: a journalist with a keen mind and quick wits.
Acute suggests penetrating perception or discernment: an acute observer of national politics. See Also Synonyms at fashionable.

Sharpness


an abnormal fear of pointed objects.
an abnormal fear of pins and needles.

Sharpness

 

See Also: PAIN, PARENTHOOD

  1. (A whippet head,) barbed like a hunting arrow —Ted Hughes
  2. Bite … as deadly as a camel’s —Wallace Stegner
  3. Biting [language used in a book] as a chain saw —Bruce De Silva
  4. (Her voice was) crisp as a freshly starched and ironed doily —Maya Angelou
  5. Crisp as a handclap —Maxine Kumin

    From a poem entitled A New England Gardener Gets Personal, the simile describes how kale comes to the salad bowl.

  6. Crisp as frost —Babette Deutsch
  7. Crisp as new bank notes —Charles Dickens
  8. (A voice that) cut like a blade of ice —G. K. Chesterton
  9. Cut like a knife —Rudyard Kipling Kipling’s simile links the knife’s sharpness to the wind.
  10. [Cat’s fangs … ] fine as a lady’s needle —Ted Hughes
  11. Incisively as an acid (a yell bit into the situation) —F. van Wyck Mason
  12. Peppery as curry —Marge Piercy
  13. Sharp as a bird’s painted bill —Dame Edith Sitwell
  14. Sharp as an assassin’s dagger —Mike Sommer
  15. (Face as) sharp as an ice pick —Graham Masterton
  16. (The longing for lovely things … became as) sharp as a pang —Ellen Glasgow
  17. Sharp as a scorpion —Dame Edith Sitwell
  18. Sharp as a two-edged sword —The Holy Bible/Proverbs
  19. (The smell of smoke was) sharp as brimstone —John Gardner
  20. (My ideas fade, yours come out) sharp as cameos —Joseph Conrad, letter to Stephen Crane
  21. (Eyes) sharp as mica —R. Wright Campbell
  22. (All these things fell on her) sharp as reproach —Lord Alfred Tennyson
  23. Sharp as the teeth of a saw —Marge Piercy
  24. Sharp as truth —John Greenleaf Whittier
  25. Sharp as white paint in the January sun —Wallace Stevens
  26. Sharper than birth —Madeleine L’Engle
  27. Sharper than ingratitude —Anon

    This may be inspired by King Lear’s famous lament about a child’s ingratitude being “Sharper than a serpent’s tooth” in the PARENTHOOD category.

  28. Sharp like joy —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  29. Sharp-tongued, like a sadistic dentist —Neil Gabler Gabler, a television movie commentator, thus described a colleague, Pauline Kael.
  30. A tongue like a cat o’ nine tails —Ben Hecht
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sharpness - a quick and penetrating intelligencesharpness - a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
steel trap - an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps); "he's as sharp as a steel trap"; "a mind like a steel trap"
2.sharpness - the attribute of urgency in tone of voice; "his voice had an edge to it"
urgency - pressing importance requiring speedy action; "the urgency of his need"
3.sharpness - a strong odor or taste propertysharpness - a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices"; "the raciness of the wine"
spicery, spiciness, spice - the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
4.sharpness - the quality of being keenly and painfully felt; "the sharpness of her loss"
distressingness, painfulness - the quality of being painful; "she feared the painfulness of childbirth"
5.sharpness - thinness of edge or fineness of point
acuteness - the quality of having a sharp edge or point
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
bluntness, dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
6.sharpness - the quality of being sharp and clear
uncloudedness, clarity, clearness - the quality of clear water; "when she awoke the clarity was back in her eyes"
definition - clarity of outline; "exercise had given his muscles superior definition"
discernability, legibility - distinctness that makes perception easy
focus - maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system; "in focus"; "out of focus"
blurriness, fuzziness, indistinctness, fogginess, softness - the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
7.sharpness - harshness of mannersharpness - harshness of manner      
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
bluntness, dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"

sharpness

noun
A cutting quality:
Translations
حِدَّه
ostrostšpičatost
skarphed
skarpleiki
keskinliksivrilik

sharpness

[ˈʃɑːpnɪs] N
1. [of knife, point] → lo afilado; [of edge] → lo afilado, lo cortante
2. (= abruptness) [of bend] → lo cerrado; [of turn] → brusquedad f
3. (= clarity) [of outline, image] → nitidez f, definición f; [of contrast] → lo marcado
4. (= keenness) [of mind] → perspicacia f, agudeza f; [of reflexes] → rapidez f
his eyes hadn't lost any of their sharpnesssus ojos no habían perdido nada de su agudeza
5. (= severity) [of pain] → agudeza f, intensidad f; [of remark, tone] → aspereza f; [of tongue] → mordacidad f
there was a note of sharpness in his voicese notaba cierta aspereza en su tono
there is a sharpness in the airempieza a notarse el frío
6. [of taste] → acidez f

sharpness

[ˈʃɑːrpnɪs] n
[knife, razor, scissors] → tranchant m
[turn, bend] → angle m brusque
(= quick-wittedness) [person, mind] → vivacité f
[vision] → acuité f; [hearing] → finesse f
(= harshness) [tone, rebuke] → brusquerie f
(= clarity) [picture, image] → netteté f
[taste, smell] → âcreté f; (pleasant)piquant msharp practice npratique f déloyale

sharpness

n
(of knife, blade etc)Schärfe f; (of needle, point etc)Spitzheit f
(of outline, photo, contrast)Schärfe f
(= keenness, of eyes, wits, mind) → Schärfe f; (of nose)Empfindlichkeit f; (of observation, remark)Scharfsinnigkeit f; (= intelligence, of person) → Schläue f, → Gewieftheit f (inf); (of child)Aufgewecktheit f
(= suddenness, intensity, of whistle, cry) → Schrillheit f; (of frost, contrast)Schärfe f; (of desire, pain)Heftigkeit f; (of hunger)Größe f; because of the unexpected sharpness of the drop in priceswegen des unerwartet steilen Preissturzes
(= acuteness, of angle) → Spitzheit f; (of bend, turn by car)Schärfe f
(pej: = shrewdness) → Gerissenheit f, → Raffiniertheit f, → Cleverness f (inf)
(= fierceness) (of tongue, retort, tone of voice)Schärfe f; (of person)Schroffheit f; (of temper)Hitzigkeit f
(= acidity, pungency, of taste) → Schärfe f; (of apple)Säure f; (of wine)Herbheit f; there is a sharpness in the aires ist sehr frisch

sharp

(ʃaːp) adjective
1. having a thin edge that can cut or a point that can pierce. a sharp knife.
2. (of pictures, outlines etc) clear and distinct. the sharp outline of the mountain.
3. (of changes in direction) sudden and quick. a sharp left turn.
4. (of pain etc) keen, acute or intense. He gets a sharp pain after eating.
5. (often with with) severe. Don't be so sharp with the child!; She got a sharp reproach from me.
6. alert. Dogs have sharp ears.
7. shrill and sudden. a sharp cry.
8. of a musical note, raised a semitone; too high in pitch. F sharp; That last note was sharp.
adverb
1. punctually. Come at six (o'clock) sharp.
2. with an abrupt change of direction. Turn sharp left here.
3. at too high a pitch. You're singing sharp.
noun
1. a sharp note. sharps and flats.
2. a sign (#) to show that a note is to be raised a semitone.
ˈsharpen verb
to make or grow sharp. He sharpened his pencil.
ˈsharpener noun
an instrument for sharpening. a pencil-sharpener.
ˈsharply adverb
in a sharp manner. a sharply-pointed piece of glass; The road turned sharply to the left; He rebuked her sharply.
ˈsharpness noun
sharp practice
dishonesty or cheating.
ˌsharp-ˈwitted adjective
intelligent and alert. a sharp-witted boy.
look sharp
to be quick or to hurry. Bring me the books and look sharp (about it)!
References in classic literature ?
The success of the Entertainment, and her own sharpness in looking after her interests, literally force me into a course of comparative honesty.
He told him, too, of the jokes he had practised upon him, and of the device for the disenchantment of Dulcinea at the expense of Sancho's backside; and finally he gave him an account of the trick Sancho had played upon his master, making him believe that Dulcinea was enchanted and turned into a country wench; and of how the duchess, his wife, had persuaded Sancho that it was he himself who was deceived, inasmuch as Dulcinea was really enchanted; at which the bachelor laughed not a little, and marvelled as well at the sharpness and simplicity of Sancho as at the length to which Don Quixote's madness went.
Don't talk such nonsense, Cecily," cried the Story Girl with unwonted sharpness, a sharpness we all understood.
He had worked on Bill's feelings so successfully as to elicit a loan of a million dollars, and was just proceeding to marry him to Elizabeth, when the cab stopped with the sudden sharpness peculiar to New York cabs, and he woke up, to find himself at his destination.
Of course my shoeless foot suffered dreadfully; the hoof was broken and split down to the very quick, and the inside was terribly cut by the sharpness of the stones.
With their greater infrequency the sounds increased in strength and sharpness.
He knew not what could be the use of those several clefts and divisions in my feet behind; that these were too soft to bear the hardness and sharpness of stones, without a covering made from the skin of some other brute; that my whole body wanted a fence against heat and cold, which I was forced to put on and off every day, with tediousness and trouble: and lastly, that he observed every animal in this country naturally to abhor the YAHOOS, whom the weaker avoided, and the stronger drove from them.
We are getting reconciled to halls and bedchambers with unhomelike stone floors and no carpets--floors that ring to the tread of one's heels with a sharpness that is death to sentimental musing.
I command the Army of Revolt in this war," answered the General, with unnecessary sharpness.
The extreme sharpness of the air acted on his nerves like an astringent, and braced them swiftly.
But there was no other change in nature, unless indeed it were a change that I saw with a stranger sharpness.
Huldah Meserve had an instinctive love of fun which appealed to Rebecca; she also had a fascinating knowledge of the world, from having visited her married sisters in Milltown and Portland; but on the other hand there was a certain sharpness and lack of sympathy in Huldah which repelled rather than attracted.