Origin of Sharps
Definition for sharps (2 of 2)
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.
Origin of sharp
SYNONYMS FOR sharp
OTHER WORDS FROM sharp
Examples from the Web for sharps
Feather had recorded as a pianist, and although he would never put Oscar Peterson out of business, he knew his sharps and flats.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting|Ted Gioia|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I shuffle through the sheet music, avoiding tunes in keys with more than two sharps or flats, until I hit on “Old Shanghai.”Beck’s Album ‘Song Reader’ Is All Sheet Music. We Take It for a Spin|Malcolm Jones|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We waste untold time and untold millions of dollars on a tedious fixation with blades and sharps.
A “chromatic scale” is thus a series of semi-tones, and is commonly written with sharps in ascending and flats descending.
Speaking of the formation of scales, he says: "Thus we have another perfectly natural scale by making use of two sharps."
But suppose she has to leave school for setting that fire in Mr. Sharps office?The Girls of Central High|Gertrude W. Morrison
Blunts, needles of a short and thick shape, distinguished from Sharps, which are long and slender.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
The members are all armed with the Springfield and Sharps army carbine.Then and Now|Robert Vaughn
British Dictionary definitions for sharps (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sharps (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
Word Origin for sharp
Idioms and Phrases with sharps
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp