Definition of "sharp" []

  • Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing. (adjective)
  • Having clear form and detail: a sharp photographic image. (adjective)
  • Terminating in an edge or a point: sharp angular cliffs; a sharp nose. (adjective)
  • Clearly and distinctly set forth: sharp contrasts in behavior. (adjective)
  • Abrupt or acute: a sharp drop; a sharp turn. (adjective)
  • Having a keen edge suitable for cutting (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having an edge or point; not rounded or blunt (adjective)
  • Involving a sudden change, esp in direction (adjective)
  • Moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc (adjective)
  • Clearly defined (adjective)
  • Mentally acute; clever; astute (adjective)
  • Sly or artful; clever in an underhand way (adjective)
  • Bitter or harsh (adjective)
  • Shrill or penetrating (adjective)
  • Having an acrid taste (adjective)
  • Keen; biting (adjective)
  • Denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone (adjective)
  • (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch (adjective)
  • Stylish (adjective)
  • Too smart (adjective)
  • In a sharp manner (adverb)
  • Exactly (adverb)
  • Higher than a standard pitch (adverb)
  • Out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch (adverb)
  • An accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitone (noun)
  • A note affected by this accidental (noun)
  • A thin needle with a sharp point (noun)
  • A sharper (noun)
  • Any medical instrument with sharp point or edge, esp a hypodermic needle (noun)
  • To raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone (verb)
  • An exclamation of full agreement or approval (exclamation) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sharp" in a sentence
  • "But if the first pedal is now pushed down into the second notch the original F [flat] string is still further shortened and now sounds the pitch F [sharp] (giving us the key of G), and if all the other pedals are likewise successively lowered to the second notch we get in turn all the _sharp keys_ -- D, A, E, B,"
  • "To illustrate the difference in basic attitude, the term “sharp business practices” needs no explanation, whereas ’sharp scientific practices’ might imply just the opposite of the prior phrase."
  • "The new neighbor was caught now, her expression sharp as a pencil point."