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Dull vs. Sharp

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Dulladjective

Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.

‘All these knives are dull.’;

Sharpadjective

Able to cut easily.

‘I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.’;

Dulladjective

Boring; not exciting or interesting.

‘He sat through the dull lecture and barely stayed awake.’; ‘When does having a dull personality ever get you a girlfriend? Even if you get one, how does being dull help you keep a relationship for over a year?’;

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Intelligent.

‘My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.’;

Dulladjective

Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster or brightness.

‘Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.’; ‘a dull fire or lamp;’; ‘a dull red or yellow;’; ‘a dull mirror’;

Sharpadjective

Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded.

‘Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.’; ‘a sharp hill; a face with sharp features’;

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Dulladjective

Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.

Sharpadjective

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

Dulladjective

Sluggish, listless.

Sharpadjective

(music) Higher in pitch than required.

‘The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.’;

Dulladjective

Cloudy, overcast.

‘It's a dull day.’;

Sharpadjective

Having an intense, acrid flavour.

‘Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.’;

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Dulladjective

Insensible; unfeeling.

Sharpadjective

Sudden and intense.

‘A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.’;

Dulladjective

Heavy; lifeless; inert.

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Illegal or dishonest.

‘Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.’;

Dulladjective

(of pain etc) Not intense; felt indistinctly or only slightly.

‘Pressing on the bruise produces a dull pain.’;

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interests; shrewd.

‘a sharp dealer;’; ‘a sharp customer’;

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Dulladjective

Not clear, muffled.

Sharpadjective

Exact, precise, accurate; keen.

‘You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.’;

Dullverb

(transitive) To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp.

‘Years of misuse have dulled the tools.’;

Sharpadjective

Offensive, critical, or acrimonious.

‘sharp criticism’; ‘When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.’;

Dullverb

(transitive) To soften, moderate or blunt; to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy.

‘He drinks to dull the pain.’;

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Stylish or attractive.

‘You look so sharp in that tuxedo!’;

Dullverb

(intransitive) To lose a sharp edge; to become dull.

‘A razor will dull with use.’;

Sharpadjective

Observant; alert; acute.

‘Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!’;

Dullverb

To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Dulladjective

Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.

‘She is not bred so dull but she can learn.’;

Sharpadjective

Steep; precipitous; abrupt.

‘a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve’;

Dulladjective

Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.

‘This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing.’; ‘O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.’;

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Dulladjective

Insensible; unfeeling.

‘Think me notSo dull a devil to forget the lossOf such a matchless wife.’;

Sharpadjective

(chess) Tactical; risky.

Dulladjective

Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt.

Sharpadjective

Piercing; keen; severe; painful.

‘a sharp pain; the sharp and frosty winter air’;

Dulladjective

Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror.

Sharpadjective

Eager or keen in pursuit; impatient for gratification.

‘a sharp appetite’;

Dulladjective

Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert.

‘As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain.’;

Sharpadjective

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

Dulladjective

Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day.

‘Along life's dullest, dreariest walk.’;

Sharpadjective

Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.

Dullverb

To deprive of sharpness of edge or point.

‘Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.’;

Sharpadjective

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

Dullverb

To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.

‘Those [drugs] she hasWill stupefy and dull the sense a while.’; ‘Use and custom have so dulled our eyes.’;

Sharpadverb

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

Dullverb

To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

Sharpadverb

(notcomp) Exactly.

‘I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.’;

Dullverb

To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.

‘Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance.’;

Sharpadverb

(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.’;

Dullverb

To become dull or stupid.

Sharpnoun

(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.’;

Dullverb

make dull in appearance;

‘Age had dulled the surface’;

Sharpnoun

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

Dullverb

become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness;

‘the varnished table top dulled with time’;

Sharpnoun

(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.’;

Dullverb

deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Sharpnoun

(music) The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.

‘Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C♯ minor (C sharp minor.)’;

Dullverb

make numb or insensitive;

‘The shock numbed her senses’;

Sharpnoun

Something that is sharp.

‘Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.’;

Dullverb

make dull or blunt;

‘Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge’;

Sharpnoun

A sharp tool or weapon.

Dullverb

become less interesting or attractive

Sharpnoun

(medicine) A hypodermic syringe.

Dullverb

make less lively or vigorous;

‘Middle age dulled her appetite for travel’;

Sharpnoun

A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.

Dulladjective

lacking in liveliness or animation;

‘he was so dull at parties’; ‘a dull political campaign’; ‘a large dull impassive man’; ‘dull days with nothing to do’; ‘how dull and dreary the world is’; ‘fell back into one of her dull moods’;

Sharpnoun

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.’;

Dulladjective

emitting or reflecting very little light;

‘a dull glow’; ‘dull silver badly in need of a polish’; ‘a dull sky’;

Sharpnoun

Part of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.

Dulladjective

being or made softer or less loud or clear;

‘the dull boom of distant breaking waves’; ‘muffled drums’; ‘the muffled noises of the street’; ‘muted trumpets’;

Sharpnoun

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

Dulladjective

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;

‘a boring evening with uninteresting people’; ‘the deadening effect of some routine tasks’; ‘a dull play’; ‘his competent but dull performance’; ‘a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention’; ‘what an irksome task the writing of long letters is’; ‘tedious days on the train’; ‘the tiresome chirping of a cricket’; ‘other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome’;

Sharpnoun

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

Dulladjective

(of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted;

‘dull greens and blues’;

Sharpnoun

An expert.

Dulladjective

not keenly felt;

‘a dull throbbing’; ‘dull pain’;

Sharpnoun

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

Dulladjective

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;

‘so dense he never understands anything I say to him’; ‘never met anyone quite so dim’; ‘although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick’; ‘dumb officials make some really dumb decisions’; ‘he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse’; ‘worked with the slow students’;

Sharpverb

(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!’;

Dulladjective

(of business) not active or brisk;

‘business is dull (or slow)’; ‘a sluggish market’;

Sharpverb

To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.

Dulladjective

not having a sharp edge or point;

‘the knife was too dull to be of any use’;

Sharpverb

To sharpen.

Dulladjective

blunted in responsiveness or sensibility;

‘a dull gaze’; ‘so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her’;

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Dulladjective

not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft;

‘the dull thud’; ‘thudding bullets’;

Sharpadjective

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

Dulladjective

darkened with overcast;

‘a dark day’; ‘a dull sky’; ‘a gray rainy afternoon’; ‘gray clouds’; ‘the sky was leaden and thick’;

Sharpadjective

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.

Sharpadjective

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

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Sharpadjective

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

Sharpadjective

Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.

‘A sharp assault already is begun.’;

Sharpadjective

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.’;

Sharpadjective

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

Sharpadjective

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

Sharpadjective

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

Sharpadverb

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

‘The head [of a spear] full sharp yground.’; ‘You bite so sharp at reasons.’;

Sharpadverb

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

Sharpnoun

A sharp tool or weapon.

‘If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps, gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.’;

Sharpnoun

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

Sharpnoun

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

Sharpnoun

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

Sharpnoun

Same as Middlings, 1.

Sharpnoun

An expert.

Sharpverb

To sharpen.

Sharpverb

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

Sharpverb

To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.

Sharpverb

To sing above the proper pitch.

Sharpnoun

a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

Sharpnoun

a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

Sharpadjective

(of something seen or heard) clearly defined;

‘a sharp photographic image’; ‘the sharp crack of a twig’; ‘the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot’;

Sharpadjective

ending in a sharp point

Sharpadjective

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’;

Sharpadjective

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’;

Sharpadjective

harsh;

‘sharp criticism’; ‘a sharp-worded exchange’; ‘a tart remark’;

Sharpadjective

high-pitched and sharp;

‘piercing screams’; ‘a shrill whistle’;

Sharpadjective

extremely steep;

‘an abrupt canyon’; ‘the precipitous rapids of the upper river’; ‘the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings’; ‘a sharp drop’;

Sharpadjective

keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point;

‘a sharp pain’; ‘sharp winds’;

Sharpadjective

very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation;

‘an incisive mind’; ‘a keen intelligence’; ‘of sharp and active intellect’;

Sharpadjective

having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing;

‘a sharp knife’; ‘a pencil with a sharp point’;

Sharpadjective

sour or bitter in taste

Sharpadjective

raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone;

‘C sharp’; ‘B natural’;

Sharpadjective

very sudden and in great amount or degree;

‘a sharp drop in the stock market’;

Sharpadjective

quick and forceful;

‘a sharp blow’;

Sharpadverb

changing suddenly in direction and degree;

‘the road twists sharply after the light’; ‘turn sharp left here’;

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