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Adjective: sharp (sharper,sharpest)  shaa(r)p
  1. Having a thin cutting edge or pointed point; able to cut or pierce
    "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
  2. Ending in a piercing point; pointed
    - acuate, acute, needlelike
  3. Marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    - astute, shrewd, argute [literary], savvy [informal]
  4. (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
    "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig";
    - crisp
  5. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang";
    - acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing
  6. Keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point
    "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
  7. (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
    "C sharp"
  8. Harsh
    "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange";
    - sharp-worded, tart
  9. Having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
    "a sharp whistle";
    - shrill
  10. Dangerously steep
    "a sharp drop";
    - abrupt, precipitous
  11. Very sudden and in great amount or degree
    "a sharp drop in the stock market"
  12. Quick and forceful
    "a sharp blow"
Noun: sharp  shaa(r)p
  1. A musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
  2. A long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
Adverb: sharp  shaa(r)p
  1. Changing suddenly in direction and degree
    "turn sharp left here";
    - sharply, acutely

Derived forms: sharpest, sharps, sharper

See also: acute, carnassial, chisel-like, cutting, dagger-like, distinct, drill-like, edged, fang-like, file-like, forceful, fulgurating, high, high-pitched, incisive, intense, keen, keenness, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, metal-cutting, penetrating, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, pointed, razor-sharp, salt, sharpened, sharpness, sharp-toothed, smart, stabbing, steep, sudden, unpleasant

Type of: musical notation, sewing needle

Antonym: dull, flat, natural

Encyclopedia: Sharp, Philip Allen