adjective, sharp·er, sharp·est.
- (of a tone) raised a chromatic half step in pitch: F sharp.
- above an intended pitch, as a note; too high (opposed to flat1 def. 26b).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a tone one chromatic half step above a given tone.
- (in musical notation) the symbol ♯ indicating this.
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The scientists focused on skeletons showing signs of trauma — especially injury with sharp objects.Women like Mulan didn’t need to go to war in disguise|Bethany Brookshire|September 4, 2020|Science News For Students
The employer result has remained above 70% since March, while all levels of government have seen sharp declines.Workers trust their employers during the pandemic—for now|Alan Murray|September 3, 2020|Fortune
Because it will take less pressure to cut through a given substance, a sharp knife is also a safer knife.Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Knife|Wes Siler|September 3, 2020|Outside Online
You have to give people the opportunity to weigh in on challenges and work and I think the diverse POVs that are looking at one particular object really creates sharper work.Deep Dive: How companies and their employees are facing the future of work|Digiday|September 1, 2020|Digiday
Similarly, other studies have found sharp regional differences in mask-wearing.
Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To unwind, Sharp takes long showers, and stops himself from separating his food on his plate as Christopher would.
Sharp was born in London, and spent the first seven years of his life traveling with his family around the US.
Sharp has spent so long being Christopher he can just “drop into him and stay in him consistently” before a performance.
“Everything for someone like Christopher is over-stimulation,” Sharp says.
A sob rose in her throat, and broke from her lips transformed into a trembling, sharp, glad cry.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
It was one of those long moments that makes a fellow draw his breath sharp when he thinks about it afterward.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Mrs. Vivian had hardly spoken when the sharp little vibration of her door-bell was heard in the hall.Confidence|Henry James
Whatever you do, don't write a word to that Carr friend of yours; he's as sharp as a two-edged sword.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
The farmer told him it was six miles; "but," he added, "you must ride sharp, or you will get a wet jacket before you reach it."
British Dictionary definitions for sharp (1 of 2)
- (immediately postpositive) denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitoneB sharp
- (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitchCompare flat 1 (def. 23)
- too smart
- higher than a standard pitch
- out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitchshe sings sharp Compare flat 1 (def. 29)
- an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitoneUsual symbol: ♯
- a note affected by this accidentalCompare flat 1 (def. 35)
Derived forms of sharpsharply, adverbsharpness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sharp (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with sharp
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp