Dictionary » S » Sharp

Sharp

sharp

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. (Shak)

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 odour; to the hearing, piercing, shrill, as a sharp sound or voice; to the eye, instantaneously brilliant, dazzling, as a sharp flash.

4. High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone. Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C#), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.

So high as to be out of tune, or above true pitch; as, the tone is sharp; that instrument is sharp. Opposed in all these senses to flat.

5. Very trying to the feelings; pierching; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air. Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. (Shak) The morning sharp and clear. (Cowper) In sharpest perils faithful proved. (Keble)

6. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke. That sharp look. To that place the sharp Athenian law Can not pursue]] us. (Shak) Be thy words severe, Sharp as merits but the sword forbear. (Dryden)

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. (Addison) Many other things belong to the material world, wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye arrived at clear and distinct ideas. (L. Watts)

8. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.

9. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. In sharp contest of battle. A sharp assault already is begun. (Dryden)

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. (swift)

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. Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.

Sharp is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sharp-cornered, sharp-edged, sharp-pointed, sharp-tasted, sharp-visaged, etc. Sharp practice, the getting of an advantage, or the attempt to do so, by a tricky expedient. To brace sharp, or To sharp up, to turn the yards to the most oblique position possible, that the ship may lie well up to the wind.

Synonym: keen, acute, piercing, penetrating, quick, sagacious, discerning, shrewd, 665 witty, ingenious, sour, acid, tart, pungent, acrid, severe, poignant, biting, acrimonious, sarcastic, cutting, bitter, painful, afflictive, violent, harsh, fierce, ardent, fiery.

Origin: OE. Sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. Scearp; akin to OS. Skarp, LG. Scharp, D. Scherp, G. Scharf, Dan. & Sw. Skarp, Icel. Skarpr. Cf. Escarp, Scrape, Scorpion.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Re: Re:

... in the sample (billions of them) totally overwhelms the few bacteria that may end up in the sample from the skin, and because the needle is very sharp. For blood culture purposes the skin is also carefully disinfected, but even that does not remove the bacteria from the deep layers of the skin. ...

See entire post
by snowathlete
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Re: Re:

... in the sample (billions of them) totally overwhelms the few bacteria that may end up in the sample from the skin, and because the needle is very sharp. For blood culture purposes the skin is also carefully disinfected, but even that does not remove the bacteria from the deep layers of the skin. ...

See entire post
by biohazard
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:13 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Small Mammal's Lower Jaw? Very unique- trying to identify

... whatever it was as the teeth are in good condition, I don't think it is a fox I done some quick googling and a foxes jaw bone comes to more of a sharp triangular shape than this specimen. Not dead that long either as it still has tissue attached tot he jawline, anyway very interesting find it ...

See entire post
by vk4vfx
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:39 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Small Mammal's Lower Jaw? Very unique- trying to identify
Replies: 5
Views: 2306

Re:

If your knowledge of genetics ends in about 1926, this MIGHT make sense... that's sharp sense of humor may be generating out of deep knowledge. He further states regarding anatomy like this Examples: External genitalia - labia fuse to scrotum and the clitoris extends ...

See entire post
by surgeongirl
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:35 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Gender divison in two opposites is greatest mistake of manki
Replies: 22
Views: 5828

Re: Which animal does this tooth belong to?

It looks like a sharks tooth. Is it flattened with two sharp edges? It looks to be. What a shark was doing on top of a mountain is a bit of a mystery, but then things found in glaciers tend to be thousands of years old and still very fresh looking.

See entire post
by animartco
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:33 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Which animal does this tooth belong to?
Replies: 2
Views: 975
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 3,966 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link