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Bright

Giving out or reflecting much light; shining
The sun was dazzlingly bright
Her bright, dark eyes
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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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Bright

Intelligent and quick-witted
A bright young journalist
A bright idea
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Sharp

Having clear form and detail
A sharp photographic image.
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Bright

Cheerful and lively
She gave a bright smile
At breakfast she would be persistently bright and chirpy
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Sharp

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

(of sound) clear, vibrant, and typically high-pitched
Her voice is fresh and bright
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Sharp

Clearly and distinctly set forth
Sharp contrasts in behavior.
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Bright

Brightly
A full moon shining bright
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Sharp

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

Bold and vivid colours
A choice of colours from pastels through to brights
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Sharp

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

Headlights switched to full beam
He turned the brights on and we drove along the dirt road
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Sharp

Marked by keenness and accuracy of perception
Sharp hearing.
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Bright

Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; shining.
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Sharp

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

Comparatively high on the scale of brightness
Bright red.
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Sharp

Vigilant; alert
Kept a sharp lookout for shoplifters.
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Bright

Full of light or illumination
A bright sunny day.
A stage bright with spotlights.
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Sharp

Briskly or keenly cold and cutting
A sharp wind.
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Bright

Characterizing a dyestuff that produces a highly saturated color; brilliant.
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Sharp

Harsh or biting in tone or character
Sharp criticism.
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Bright

Glorious; splendid
One of the bright stars of stage and screen.
A bright moment in history.
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Sharp

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

Full of promise and hope; auspicious
Had a bright future in publishing.
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Sharp

Intense; severe
A sharp pain.
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Bright

Happy; cheerful
Bright faces.
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Sharp

Sudden and shrill
A sharp whistle.
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Bright

Quick to learn or understand; intelligent.
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Sharp

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

High and clear
The bright sound of the trumpet section.
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Sharp

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

Emitting much light; visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, radiant.
The sky was remarkably bright and blue on that beautiful summer day.
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Sharp

Composed of hard angular particles
Sharp sand.
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Bright

Of light: brilliant, intense.
Could you please dim the light? It’s far too bright.
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Sharp

Raised in pitch by a semitone.
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Bright

Of an object, surface, etc.: reflecting much light; having a high lustre; gleaming, shiny.
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Sharp

Being above the proper pitch.
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Bright

Of a place: not dark; well-lit.
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Sharp

Having the key signature in sharps.
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Bright

Of climate or weather: not cloudy or gloomy; fair; also, of a period of time, the sky, etc.: characterized by much sunshine and good weather.
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Sharp

(Informal) Attractive or stylish
A sharp jacket.
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Bright

(figuratively)
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Sharp

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

Clearly apparent; conspicuous.
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Sharp

Punctually; exactly
At three o'clock sharp.
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Bright

Of a colour: not muted or pale; bold, brilliant, vivid.
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Sharp

(Music) Above the true or proper pitch.
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Bright

Of an object, surface, etc.: having vivid colour(s); colourful.
The orange and blue walls of the sitting room were much brighter than the dull grey walls of the kitchen.
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Sharp

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

Of a musical instrument, sound, or a voice: clearly audible; clear, resounding, and often high-pitched.
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Sharp

A note that is raised a semitone.
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Bright

Of a room or other place: having acoustic qualities that tend to cause much echoing or reverberation of sound, particularly at high frequencies.
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Sharp

A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.
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Bright

Of a scent or taste: not bland or mild; bold, sharp, strong.
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Sharp

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

Of a substance: clear, transparent; also, pure, unadulterated; (specifically) of wine: free of suspended particles; not cloudy; fine.
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Sharp

An expert.
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Bright

Glorious; illustrious.
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Sharp

A shrewd cheater; a sharper.
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Bright

In good spirits; happy, optimistic.
I woke up today feeling so bright that I decided to have a little dance.
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Sharp

To raise in pitch by a semitone.
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Bright

Of the face or eyes, or a smile: showing happiness or hopefulness; cheerful, lively.
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Sharp

To play or sing above the proper pitch.
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Bright

Of a person: lively, vivacious.
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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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Bright

Of a period of history or time: happy, prosperous, successful.
She has a bright future ahead.
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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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Bright

Of an opportunity or outlook: having a reasonable chance of success; favourable, good.
If he trains hard, his chances of winning the competition are bright.
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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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Bright

Of conversation, writing, etc.: imaginative or sparkling with wit; clever, witty.
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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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Bright

Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
She’s very bright. She was able to solve the problem without my help.
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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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Bright

(archaic)
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Sharp

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

(music) Of a rhythm or tempo: lively, upbeat.
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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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Bright

(metallurgy) Of a metal object or surface: lacking any protective coating or surface treatment for the prevention of corrosion.
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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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Bright

Brightness, glow.
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Sharp

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

(figuratively) Glory, splendour.
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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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Bright

Something (especially a product intended for sale) that has vivid colours or a lustrous appearance.
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Sharp

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

A person with a naturalistic worldview with no mystical or supernatural elements.
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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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Bright

(painting) An artist's brush used in acrylic and oil painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
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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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Bright

In a bright manner; brightly, glowingly, luminously, lustrously.
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Sharp

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

(figuratively)
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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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Bright

Referring to colour: with bold or vivid colours; brightly, boldly, vividly.
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Sharp

(chess) Tactical; risky.
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Bright

(archaic) Referring to sight, sound, understanding, etc.: clearly, distinctly; brightly.
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Sharp

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

(transitive) Often followed by up: to cast light on (someone or something); to brighten, to illuminate.
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Sharp

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

Often followed by up: to cause (someone or something) to be bright (in various senses); to brighten; specifically, to make (someone or something) energetic, or happy and optimistic.
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Sharp

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

Often followed by up: to become bright (in various senses); to brighten.
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Sharp

Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.
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Bright

Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark.
The sun was bright o'erhead.
The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright.
The public places were as bright as at noonday.
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Sharp

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

Transmitting light; clear; transparent.
From the brightest winesHe 'd turn abhorrent.
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Sharp

(obsolete) Hungry.
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Bright

Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty.
Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky.
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Sharp

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

Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
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Sharp

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

Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery.
Be bright and jovial among your guests.
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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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Bright

Illustrious; glorious.
In the brightest annals of a female reign.
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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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Bright

Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on.
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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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Bright

Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance.
Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew.
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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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Bright

Splendor; brightness.
Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear.
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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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Bright

Brightly.
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
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Sharp

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

Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts;
The sun was bright and hot
A bright sunlit room
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Sharp

(medicine) A hypodermic syringe.
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Bright

Having striking color;
Bright greens
Brilliant tapestries
A bird with vivid plumage
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Sharp

A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.
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Bright

Characterized by quickness and ease in learning;
Some children are brighter in one subject than another
Smart children talk earlier than the average
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Sharp

A sharp tool or weapon.
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Bright

Having lots of light either natural or artificial;
The room was bright and airy
A stage bright with spotlights
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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.
May 20, 2022

Bright

Made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow;
Bright silver candlesticks
A burnished brass knocker
She brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves
Rows of shining glasses
Shiny black patents
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Sharp

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

Splendid;
The bright stars of stage and screen
A bright moment in history
The bright pageantry of court
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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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Bright

Not made dim or less bright;
Undimmed headlights
Surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed
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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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Bright

Clear and sharp and ringing;
The bright sound of the trumpet section
The brilliant sound of the trumpets
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Sharp

An expert.
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Bright

Characterized by happiness or gladness;
Bright faces
All the world seems bright and gay
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Sharp

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

Abounding with sunlight;
A bright sunny day
One shining norming
When it is warm and shiny
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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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Bright

Full or promise;
Had a bright future in publishing
The scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career
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Sharp

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

With brightness;
The stars shone brilliantly
The windows glowed jewel bright
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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.
May 20, 2022

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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