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)
How to use sharp in a sentence
Miguel cut the palm of his left hand with a sharp piece of metal at the recycling facility during a shift earlier this year, when he was 17.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories|by Melissa Sanchez|November 19, 2020|ProPublica
Less than a mile from the trailhead, I took a sharp left up to a viewpoint overlooking the immense, technicolor eye of Grand Prismatic Spring.
In fact, the decline in cigarette sales in the United States has not been as sharp as expected.
Frostburg State University will move classes online for the second time in as many weeks, following another sharp increase in coronavirus cases on campus, officials said.Frostburg State University cancels in-person classes, again, as virus surges through western Maryland|Lauren Lumpkin|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Don’t let the name fool you—this stretchy button-up is sharp enough for the whiskey bar.
He has a big personality made for TV, plenty of moxie, ego and mental sharpness.
The effort to speak in her usual tone lent to her voice a sharpness that startled herself.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
The extreme sharpness of the air acted on his nerves like an astringent, and braced them swiftly.Tales and Fantasies|Robert Louis Stevenson
She rightly conjectured that the girl was already ashamed of her sharpness, and wished to make amends in some way.Joyce's Investments|Fannie E. Newberry
In spite of his reassuring words, the woman caught the full meaning of the goading sharpness in his voice.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
With a sudden whip-like sharpness: "You didn't tell anyone about this meeting, did you?"Security|Poul William Anderson
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