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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Example sentences from the Web for sharp
I was often vexed with her, and sometimes gave way to sharpness.Peggy Owen at Yorktown|Lucy Foster Madison
This is the time for making known the deep love of His heart, not the power of His arm, nor the sharpness of His sword.The Lord's Coming|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
"I had forgotten the despatch-carrier," he said with some sharpness.The Coast of Adventure|Harold Bindloss
Whoever would rescue her must first overcome the dwarf, and to do this one must be in possession of the Sword of Sharpness.Wonder Tales from Many Lands|Katharine Pyle
Finally he blurted it out with the sharpness of a pistol-shot.The Debtor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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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In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp