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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Examples from the Web for sharpest
He presided over the preternatural creation of 30 million new jobs—and the sharpest rise in median incomes in a generation.
New York and Philadelphia lead the pack in the sharpest declines.The Year in Murder: 2013 Marks a Historic Low for Many Cities|Brandy Zadrozny|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Japan-China conflict is already one of the sharpest ones in the world,” he noted.Political Tensions Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum|Daniel Gross|January 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“The Japan-China conflict is already one of the sharpest ones in the world,” he said.Davos World Economic Forum: George Soros Issues Euro Warning|Daniel Gross|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Bremmer is one of the sharpest observers of the 21st-century economy.
The sharpest tooth of poverty is felt, after all, in the bite of hunger.Some Private Views|James Payn
The chief danger here lies in the rotary motion of the water at the sharpest bends.The Andes of Southern Peru|Isaiah Bowman
Being barefooted, only the sharpest ears, deliberately on the alert, could have detected them.In Clive's Command|Herbert Strang
Nor indeed, be it confessed, is your master himself often in the condition requisite to do the sharpest work.Patroclus and Penelope|Theodore Ayrault Dodge
And at last, making the sharpest sort of a turn, he baffled the pursuers.The Boy Scout Automobilists|Robert Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for sharpest (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sharpest (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 sharpest
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp