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Acute vs. Sharp — What's the Difference?

Acute vs. Sharp — What's the Difference?

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Acute

(of an unpleasant or unwelcome situation or phenomenon) present or experienced to a severe or intense degree
An acute housing shortage
The problem is acute and getting worse
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Sharp

Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing.
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Acute

Having or showing a perceptive understanding or insight; shrewd
An acute awareness of changing fashions
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Sharp

Having clear form and detail
A sharp photographic image.
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Acute

(of an angle) less than 90°.
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Sharp

Terminating in an edge or a point
Sharp angular cliffs.
A sharp nose.
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Acute

(of a sound) high; shrill.
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Sharp

Clearly and distinctly set forth
Sharp contrasts in behavior.
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Acute

Short for acute accent
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Sharp

Abrupt or acute
A sharp drop.
A sharp turn.
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Acute

Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions; sensitive
His hearing was unusually acute.
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Sharp

Intellectually penetrating; astute
Was sharp in his analysis of the problem.
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Acute

Keenly perceptive or discerning
An acute critic of music.
A critic with acute judgment.
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Sharp

Marked by keenness and accuracy of perception
Sharp hearing.
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Acute

Extremely sharp or severe; intense
Acute pain.
Acute pleasure.
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Sharp

Crafty or deceitful, as in business dealings
Sharp selling practices.
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Acute

Of great importance or consequence; critical
An acute shortage of funds.
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Sharp

Vigilant; alert
Kept a sharp lookout for shoplifters.
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Acute

Having a rapid onset and following a short but severe course
An acute disease.
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Sharp

Briskly or keenly cold and cutting
A sharp wind.
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Acute

Afflicted by a disease exhibiting a rapid onset followed by a short, severe course
Acute patients.
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Sharp

Harsh or biting in tone or character
Sharp criticism.
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Acute

High in pitch; shrill
An acute scream.
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Sharp

Fierce or impetuous; violent
A sharp temper.
A sharp assault.
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Acute

Narrowly pointed; sharp
An acute leaf.
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Sharp

Intense; severe
A sharp pain.
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Acute

Having an acute angle
An acute triangle.
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Sharp

Sudden and shrill
A sharp whistle.
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Acute

Brief, quick, short.
It was an acute event.
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Sharp

Sudden and brilliant or dazzling
A sharp flash of lightning.
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Acute

High or shrill.
An acute accent or tone
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Sharp

Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste
A sharp pungent odor.
A sharp cheese.
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Acute

Intense, sensitive, sharp.
She had an acute sense of honour
Eagles have very acute vision.
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Sharp

Composed of hard angular particles
Sharp sand.
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Acute

Urgent.
His need for medical attention was acute.
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Sharp

Raised in pitch by a semitone.
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Acute

(botany) With the sides meeting directly to form an acute angle (at an apex or base).
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Sharp

Being above the proper pitch.
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Acute

Less than 90 degrees.
The teacher pointed out the acute angle.
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Sharp

Having the key signature in sharps.
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Acute

Having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
An acute triangle
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Sharp

(Informal) Attractive or stylish
A sharp jacket.
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Acute

Of an accent or tone: generally higher than others.
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Sharp

In a sharp manner
Hit me sharp on the brow.
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Acute

Sharp, produced in the front of the mouth. (See Grave and acute)
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Sharp

Punctually; exactly
At three o'clock sharp.
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Acute

(medicine) Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity, unlike the common usage.
He dropped dead of an acute illness.
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Sharp

(Music) Above the true or proper pitch.
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Acute

(medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
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Sharp

A sign (♯) used to indicate that a note is to be raised by a semitone.
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Acute

(orthography) After a letter of the alphabet: having an acute accent.
The last letter of ‘café’ is ‘e’ acute.
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Sharp

A note that is raised a semitone.
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Acute

(medicine) A person who has the acute form of a disorder, such as schizophrenia.
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Sharp

A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.
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Acute

An accent or tone higher than others.
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Sharp

A hypodermic needle
A canister for disposing of used sharps.
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Acute

(orthography) An acute accent (´).
The word ‘cafe’ often has an acute over the ‘e’.
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Sharp

An expert.
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Acute

To give an acute sound to.
He acutes his rising inflection too much.
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Sharp

A shrewd cheater; a sharper.
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Acute

To make acute; to sharpen, to whet.
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Sharp

To raise in pitch by a semitone.
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Acute

Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
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Sharp

To play or sing above the proper pitch.
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Acute

Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; - opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
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Sharp

Terminating in a point or edge, especially one that can cut easily; not dull, obtuse, or rounded.
I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.
Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.
A face with sharp features
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Acute

Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.
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Sharp

(colloquial) Intelligent.
My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.
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Acute

High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
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Sharp

(music) Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol ♯ after the name of the note).
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Acute

Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
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Sharp

(music) Higher in pitch than required.
The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.
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Acute

To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.
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Sharp

Having an intense, acrid flavour.
Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.
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Acute

A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
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Sharp

Sudden and intense.
A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.
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Acute

Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course;
Acute appendicitis
The acute phase of the illness
Acute patients
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Sharp

(colloquial) Illegal or dishonest.
Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.
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Acute

Extremely sharp or intense;
Acute pain
Felt acute annoyance
Intense itching and burning
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Sharp

(colloquial) Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interests; shrewd.
A sharp dealer;
A sharp customer
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Acute

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;
An acute observer of politics and politicians
Incisive comments
Icy knifelike reasoning
As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
Penetrating insight
Frequent penetrative observations
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Sharp

Exact, precise, accurate; keen.
You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.
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Acute

Of an angle; less than 90 degrees
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Sharp

Offensive, critical, or acrimonious.
Sharp criticism
When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.
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Acute

Ending in a sharp point
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Sharp

(colloquial) Stylish or attractive.
You look so sharp in that tuxedo!
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Acute

Of critical importance and consequence;
An acute (or critical) lack of research funds
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Sharp

Observant; alert; acute.
Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!
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Sharp

Forming a small angle; especially, forming an angle of less than ninety degrees.
Drive down Main for three quarters of a mile, then make a sharp right turn onto Pine.
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Sharp

Steep; precipitous; abrupt.
A sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve
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Sharp

Said of as extreme a value as possible.
Sure, any planar graph can be five-colored. But that result is not sharp: in fact, any planar graph can be four-colored. That is sharp: the same can't be said for any lower number.
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Sharp

(chess) Tactical; risky.
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Sharp

Piercing; keen; severe; painful.
A sharp pain; the sharp and frosty winter air
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Sharp

Eager or keen in pursuit; impatient for gratification.
A sharp appetite
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Sharp

(obsolete) Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
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Sharp

Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.
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Sharp

Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone; aspirated; unvoiced.
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Sharp

(obsolete) Hungry.
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Sharp

To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
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Sharp

(notcomp) Exactly.
I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.
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Sharp

(music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.
I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.
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Sharp

(music) The symbol ♯, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.
The pitch pipe sounded out a perfect F♯ (F sharp).
Transposition frequently is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.
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Sharp

(music) A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol ♯.
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Sharp

(music) A note that is sharp in a particular key.
The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps.
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Sharp

(music) The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.
Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C♯ minor (C sharp minor.)
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Sharp

Something that is sharp.
Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.
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Sharp

(medicine) A hypodermic syringe.
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Sharp

A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.
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Sharp

A sharp tool or weapon.
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Sharp

A dishonest person; a cheater.
The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.
This usage is often classified as variant spelling of shark, and unrelated to the 'pointed' or 'cutting' meanings of sharp.
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Sharp

Part of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
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Sharp

A sewing needle with a very slender point, more pointed than a blunt or a between.
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Sharp

(in the plural) Fine particles of husk mixed with coarse particle of flour of cereals; middlings.
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Sharp

An expert.
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Sharp

A sharpie member of Australian gangs of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Sharp

(music) To raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp.
That new musician must be tone deaf: he sharped half the notes of the song!
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Sharp

To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
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Sharp

To sharpen.
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Sharp

Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
He dies upon my scimeter's sharp point.
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Sharp

Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features.
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Sharp

Affecting the sense as if pointed or cutting, keen, penetrating, acute: to the taste or smell, pungent, acid, sour, as ammonia has a sharp taste and odor; to the hearing, piercing, shrill, as a sharp sound or voice; to the eye, instantaneously brilliant, dazzling, as a sharp flash.
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Sharp

High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
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Sharp

Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air.
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
The morning sharp and clear.
In sharpest perils faithful proved.
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Sharp

Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke.
To that place the sharp Athenian lawCan not pursue us.
Be thy words severe,Sharp as merits but the sword forbear.
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Sharp

Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment.
Nothing makes men sharper . . . than want.
Many other things belong to the material world, wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye arrived at clear and distinct ideas.
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Sharp

Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
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Sharp

Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
A sharp assault already is begun.
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Sharp

Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer.
The necessity of being so sharp and exacting.
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Sharp

Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
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Sharp

Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve.
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Sharp

Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated.
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Sharp

To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
The head [of a spear] full sharp yground.
You bite so sharp at reasons.
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Sharp

Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp.
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Sharp

A sharp tool or weapon.
If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps, gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.
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Sharp

The character [$] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch.
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Sharp

A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
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Sharp

A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps.
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Sharp

Same as Middlings, 1.
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Sharp

An expert.
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Sharp

To sharpen.
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Sharp

To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone.
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Sharp

To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
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Sharp

To sing above the proper pitch.
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Sharp

A musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
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Sharp

A long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
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Sharp

(of something seen or heard) clearly defined;
A sharp photographic image
The sharp crack of a twig
The crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot
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Sharp

Ending in a sharp point
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Sharp

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;
An acute observer of politics and politicians
Incisive comments
Icy knifelike reasoning
As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
Penetrating insight
Frequent penetrative observations
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Sharp

Marked by practical hardheaded intelligence;
A smart businessman
An astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease
He was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow
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Sharp

Harsh;
Sharp criticism
A sharp-worded exchange
A tart remark
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Sharp

High-pitched and sharp;
Piercing screams
A shrill whistle
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Sharp

Extremely steep;
An abrupt canyon
The precipitous rapids of the upper river
The precipitous hills of Chinese paintings
A sharp drop
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Sharp

Keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point;
A sharp pain
Sharp winds
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Sharp

Very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation;
An incisive mind
A keen intelligence
Of sharp and active intellect
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Sharp

Having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing;
A sharp knife
A pencil with a sharp point
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Sharp

Sour or bitter in taste
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Sharp

Raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone;
C sharp
B natural
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Sharp

Very sudden and in great amount or degree;
A sharp drop in the stock market
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Sharp

Quick and forceful;
A sharp blow
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Sharp

Changing suddenly in direction and degree;
The road twists sharply after the light
Turn sharp left here
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