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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Definition for sharp (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for sharp
The Personal History of David Copperfield is satirical as well, though it’s a gentler, less biting period piece than Iannucci’s phenomenally sharp 2018 film The Death of Stalin.
That sharp rise reflects spiking demand among Nigeria’s wealthy private citizens who are increasingly tapping into “investment migration” programs offered by foreign countries.Wealthy Nigerians are buying up passports for cash from Caribbean nations to beat visa rules|Yomi Kazeem|August 26, 2020|Quartz
As with most other economies around the world, the sharp drop in Nigeria’s GDP growth is largely down to the slowdown in economic activity after the country resorted to a lockdown back in April to curb the spread of the virus.Africa’s largest economy has suffered its worst contraction in over a decade|Yomi Kazeem|August 24, 2020|Quartz
Yesterday’s sharp, late-day sell-off was but one reminder that the economic recovery lags well behind that of the markets recovery.The Fed’s bearish outlook puts the global stocks rally on pause|Bernhard Warner|August 20, 2020|Fortune
This doesn’t mean that if you’re an infinite distance away you will feel these forces — they still die out — but there’s no sharp cutoff.
And why has tuition risen so sharply at public universities?The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard|Monica Potts|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
In its main points the novel diverges sharply from the world of 2004, often at a full revolution from reality.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’|Nathaniel Rich|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The country is divided, sharply and unrelentingly, over the same questions.
Women in America are drinking more than ever before, and they are suffering the consequences in sharply rising numbers.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the bright glow of a little cascade of sparks pierced the darkness, a voice in our rear called sharply: "Hands up!"
When we got down into the bottom Mac turned aside to the deep-worn trail and glanced sharply down at the ruts.
He looked up sharply, his lips parting in a smile that revealed his strong white teeth.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Aristide put the letter in his pocket and turned sharply away, lest she should see a sudden rush of tears.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He glanced sharply from face to face, feeling as though some silent, unseen process were changing everything about him.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
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
Word Origin for sharp
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