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 flat1def 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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Example sentences from the Web for sharped
It was the deepest disgrace we ever knew if we had sharped or flatted when we got back to the starting point.Confessions of an Opera Singer|Kathleen Howard
Do not say: "F and C are sharped," "ti is sharped," "B is flatted," "fa is flatted."Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
Dickens's sentiment seldom rings perfectly true; too often it is sharped to flippancy, or flatted to mawkishness.Washington Irving|Henry W. Boynton
British Dictionary definitions for sharped (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sharped (2 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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Idioms and Phrases with sharped
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp