Word forms: sharps
1. graded adjective & adjective A sharp point or edge is very thin and can cut through things very easily. A sharp knife, tool, or other object has a point or edge of this kind. ⇒ The other end of the twig is sharpened into a sharp point to use as a toothpick. ⇒ Using a sharp knife, cut away the pith and peel from both fruits. ⇒ The ground was strewn with sharp-edged pebbles. 2. graded adjective & adjective You can describe a shape or an object as sharp if part of it or one end of it comes to a point or forms an angle. ⇒ His nose was thin and sharp. ⇒ ...black sharp-toed cowboy boots. 3. graded adjective & adjective A sharp bend or turn is one that changes direction suddenly. ⇒ I was approaching a fairly sharp bend that swept downhill to the left. Sharp is also an adverb. ⇒ Do not cross the bridge but turn sharp left to go down on to the towpath. sharply
graded adverb & adverb [ADV after v] ⇒ Room number nine was at the far end of the corridor where it turned sharply to the right. 4. graded adjective & adjective If you describe someone as sharp, you are praising them because they are quick to notice, hear, understand, or react to things. [approval] ⇒ He is very sharp, a quick thinker and swift with repartee. ⇒ Gates is known to be a superb analyst with a sharp eye and an excellent memory.
sharpness uncountable noun [oft N of n] ⇒ I much preferred working for Americans: I liked their enthusiasm and sharpness of mind.
5. graded adjective & adjective If someone says something in a sharp way, they say it suddenly and rather firmly or angrily, for example because they are warning or criticizing you. ⇒ 'Don't contradict your mother,' was Charles's sharp reprimand. ⇒ That ruling had drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups. sharply
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v, ADV adj] ⇒ 'You've known,' she said sharply, 'and you didn't tell me?' ⇒ Environmentalists were sharply critical of the policy for its failure to encourage conservation.
sharpness uncountable noun ⇒ 'Let them find their own way out,' said his father with unaccustomed sharpness.
6. graded adjective & adjective A sharp change, movement, or feeling occurs suddenly, and is great in amount, force, or degree. ⇒ There's been a sharp rise in the rate of inflation. ⇒ Tennis requires a lot of short sharp movements. ⇒ He felt a sharp pain in the abductor muscle in his right thigh. sharply
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v, ADV adj] ⇒ Unemployment among the over forties has risen sharply in recent years. ⇒ I turned my body sharply in the chair. ⇒ The latest survey shows buying plans for homes are sharply lower than in June. 7. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] A sharp difference, image, or sound is very easy to see, hear, or distinguish. ⇒ Many people make a sharp distinction between humans and other animals. ⇒ Her reticence was in sharp contrast to the glamour and star status of her predecessors. ⇒ All the footmarks are quite sharp and clear. ⇒ We heard a voice sing out in a clear, sharp tone. sharply
graded adverb & adverb [usu ADV with v, oft ADV adj] ⇒ Opinions on this are sharply divided. ⇒ The woman's figure is sharply brought out by the intense Provençal light. ⇒ The things she saw and heard every day made her ever more sharply aware of the separation between herself and her family.
sharpness uncountable noun ⇒ The telescope will show us our Universe as we've never seen it before, with wonderful sharpness and clarity.
8. graded adjective & adjective A sharp taste or smell is rather strong or bitter, but is often also clear and fresh. ⇒ ...a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste. ⇒ In the hot sun the rain-washed herbs smelled sharp and spicy and sweet all at once.
sharpness uncountable noun ⇒ The pesto vinaigrette added a stimulating sharpness.
9. graded adjective A sharp wind, or sharp cold, is so strong or intense that it almost hurts you when you are exposed to it. biting ⇒ The wind was not as sharp and cruel as it had been. 10. graded adjective Sharp clothes are neat, elegant, and fashionable. ⇒ Now politics is all about the right haircut and a sharp suit. ⇒ A sharp dresser, Wyatt is never seen in casual clothes. 11. adverb [n ADV] Sharp is used after stating a particular time to show that something happens at exactly the time stated. ⇒ She planned to unlock the store at 8.00 sharp this morning. 12. countable noun [usu n N] Sharp is used after a letter representing a musical note to show that the note should be played or sung half a tone higher. Sharp is often represented by the symbol ♯. ⇒ A solitary viola plucks a lonely, soft F sharp.
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