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Definition of 'sharp'


  1. a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
  2. a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point


  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"
       Synonyms: crisp
  2. ending in a sharp point
       Synonyms: acuate acute needlelike
  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: astute shrewd
  5. harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark"
       Synonyms: sharp-worded tart
  6. having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones ; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle"; " a shrill gaiety"
       Synonyms: piercing shrill
  7. extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
       Synonyms: abrupt precipitous
  8. keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
       Antonyms: dull
  9. having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
       Antonyms: dull
  10. raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp"
       Antonyms: flat natural
  11. very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in the stock market"
  12. quick and forceful; "a sharp blow"


  1. changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here"; "the visor was acutely peaked"; "her shoes had acutely pointed toes"
       Synonyms: sharply acutely

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