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 sharping
And that you got all your Fortune by biting and sharping, extortion and cheating.
They would be instantly detected among people who have learnt anything at all of sharping.
Alhama abounded with hawking, sharping, idle hangers-on, eager to profit by the vices and follies of the garrison.Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada|Washington Irving
In sharping, like everything else, 'the old order changeth, giving place to new.'
So, in like manner, is it with the really great expert in sharping.
British Dictionary definitions for sharping (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sharping (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 sharping
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp