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Sharpen

sharpen

To make sharp. Specifically:

To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw.

To render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious. The air . . . Sharpened his visual ray To objects distant far. (milton) He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. (Burke)

To make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires. Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite. (Shak)

To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease.

To make biting, sarcastic, or severe. Sharpen each word. .

To render more shrill or piercing. Inclosures not only preserve sound, but increase and sharpen it. (bacon)

To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar.

To raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to.

Origin: See Sharp.


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Hypothetical question about vampires

How about there's just accelerated tooth growth, and this forces the vampire to file down his teeth himself. They sharpen them either because they want to avoid the nerve endings deep within the tooth, or because it's convenient for blood sucking, or both.

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by wildfunguy
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:53 pm
 
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Re: The general theory of origin of life

... intelligent system. In the book, I detail describe the matrix of space, and to show "how it happens" on atomic level. But I will not sharpen the focus on the mental side of life, so as not to scare readers of true. For this, planned second book, in which will set out the second part ...

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by leniel
Mon May 06, 2013 7:55 pm
 
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Topic: The general theory of origin of life
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Re: Animal cell nucleus shape changes

That's a good shot at a summary, Andrewpasha. There are a few errors; understand that I am applauding your effort and hope to help you sharpen your next project. First, a major role of the nucleus during cell division is to temporarily get out of the way; the nuclear membrane disappears for ...

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by jonmoulton
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:03 pm
 
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Topic: Animal cell nucleus shape changes
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Re: Question to all Biology professionals

I agree. The best way to sharpen your skills in translating word problems to mathematical form is to work those skills hard. I agree with Mith that chemistry is a great training ground for that skill set, as is physics. Also, a chemistry ...

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by jonmoulton
Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:53 pm
 
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Topic: Question to all Biology professionals
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Jussthink!

This is a topic of less interest due to lack of applications...but still i want to sharpen my thoughtpros. When we say monocots are advanced than dicots, reptiles than annelids etc. then waht are the criteria of desiding the 'advanced'ness? See,if both groups are ...

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by 2810712
Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:30 am
 
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Topic: Jussthink!
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