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 for Sharp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sharp \Sharp\, a. [Compar. Sharper; superl. Sharpest.] [OE.
     sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. scearp; akin to OS. skarp, LG.
     scharp, D. scherp, G. scharf, Dan. & Sw. skarp, Icel. skarpr.
     Cf. Escarp, Scrape, Scorpion.]
     1. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut
        or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen.
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              He dies upon my scimeter's sharp point. --Shak.
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     2. 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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     3. 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
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     4. (Mus.)
        (a) High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone.
        (b) Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C[sharp]),
            which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C.
        (c) So high as to be out of tune, or above true pitch; as,
            the tone is sharp; that instrument is sharp. Opposed
            in all these senses to flat.
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     5. Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe;
        painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and
        frosty air.
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              Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. --Shak.
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              The morning sharp and clear.          --Cowper.
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              In sharpest perils faithful proved.   --Keble.
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     6. Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel;
        harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke. "That sharp
        look." --Tennyson.
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              To that place the sharp Athenian law
              Can not pursue us.                    --Shak.
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              Be thy words severe,
              Sharp as merits but the sword forbear. --Dryden.
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     7. Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish;
        having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious;
        clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or
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              Nothing makes men sharper . . . than want.
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              Many other things belong to the material world,
              wherein the sharpest philosophers have never ye?
              arrived at clear and distinct ideas.  --L. Watts.
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     8. Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for
        gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite.
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     9. Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. "In sharp
        contest of battle." --Milton.
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              A sharp assault already is begun.     --Dryden.
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     10. Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close
         and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp
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               The necessity of being so sharp and exacting.
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     11. Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand.
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     12. Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or
         descent; a sharp turn or curve.
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     13. (Phonetics) 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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     Note: Sharp is often used in the formation of self-explaining
           compounds; as, sharp-cornered, sharp-edged,
           sharp-pointed, sharp-tasted, sharp-visaged, etc.
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     Sharp practice, the getting of an advantage, or the attempt
        to do so, by a tricky expedient.
     To brace sharp, or To sharp up (Naut.), to turn the yards
        to the most oblique position possible, that the ship may
        lie well up to the wind.
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     Syn: Keen; acute; piercing; penetrating; quick; sagacious;
          discerning; shrewd; witty; ingenious; sour; acid; tart;
          pungent; acrid; severe; poignant; biting; acrimonious;
          sarcastic; cutting; bitter; painful; afflictive;
          violent; harsh; fierce; ardent; fiery.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sharp \Sharp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sharped; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To sharpen. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     2. (Mus.) 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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sharp \Sharp\, adv.
     1. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply. --M.
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              The head [of a spear] full sharp yground. --Chaucer.
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              You bite so sharp at reasons.         --Shak.
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     2. Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock
        sharp. [Colloq.]
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     Look sharp, attend; be alert. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sharp \Sharp\, v. i.
     1. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
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     2. (Mus.) To sing above the proper pitch.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sharp \Sharp\, n.
     1. A sharp tool or weapon. [Obs.]
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              If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps,
              gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.
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     2. (Mus.)
        (a) The character [[sharp]] used to indicate that the note
            before which it is placed is to be raised a half step,
            or semitone, in pitch.
        (b) A sharp tone or note. --Shak.
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     3. A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
        [Prov. Eng.] --C. Kingsley.
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     4. 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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     5. pl. Same as Middlings, 1.
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     6. An expert. [Slang]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road
             twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here";
             "the visor was acutely peaked"; "her shoes had acutely
             pointed toes" [syn: sharply, sharp, acutely]
      adj 1: (of something seen or heard) clearly defined; "a sharp
             photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the
             crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot" [syn: crisp,
      2: ending in a sharp point [syn: acuate, acute, sharp,
      3: 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" [syn: acute,
         discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike,
         penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
      4: 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" [syn: astute,
         sharp, shrewd]
      5: harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart
         remark" [syn: sharp, sharp-worded, tart]
      6: having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones ;
         "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety" [syn: shrill,
      7: extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids
         of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese
         paintings"; "a sharp drop" [syn: abrupt, precipitous,
      8: keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or
         point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds" [ant: dull]
      9: having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for
         cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp
         point" [ant: dull]
      10: (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic
          semitone; "C sharp" [ant: flat, natural]
      11: very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in
          the stock market"
      12: quick and forceful; "a sharp blow"
      n 1: a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the
           note named
      2: a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  672 Moby Thesaurus words for "sharp":
     Admirable Crichton, Attic, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, Siberian,
     V-shaped, Y-shaped, abrupt, abruptly, absonant, absorbing,
     accidental, accurately, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acicular, acid,
     acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, acuminate, acute,
     adept, adroit, adventurer, affecting, afflictive, aggressive,
     agile, agonizing, akimbo, alacritous, alert, alertly, algid, alive,
     amaroidal, angular, apt, arch, arctic, argute, artful, artisan,
     artist, asperous, astringent, astute, at the gun, atonal,
     atrocious, attache, attentive, attentively, austere, authority,
     awake, bang, bearish, beastly, below zero, bent, betting ring,
     bettor, biting, bitter, bitter as gall, bitterly cold, bleak,
     bluff, blunt, bold, boneshaker, boreal, brainy, brash, braw,
     breakneck, breve, bright, brilliant, brisk, brumal, brusque,
     bunco artist, bunco steerer, cacophonous, cagey, calculating,
     canny, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, carefully, carpetbagger,
     caustic, cavalier, cheerless, chic, chiseling, churlish, classy,
     clever, clothes-conscious, coarse, cold, cold as charity,
     cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble, collusive, comfortless,
     compulsive gambler, con artist, con man, confidence man,
     connaisseur, connoisseur, consultant, cordon bleu, cornered,
     corroding, corrosive, cosmopolitan, covinous, crack shot, cracked,
     craftsman, crafty, cramping, crap shooter, creaky, crimp, crisp,
     crooked, crotched, crotchet, cruel, crusty, cunning, curt,
     cuspidate, cute, cutting, dapper, dash, dashing, dead shot,
     deceitful, deep, deep-felt, deep-laid, deepgoing, demisemiquaver,
     deplorable, depressing, depressive, designing, dexterous,
     diaphonic, diplomat, diplomatic, diplomatist, discomforting,
     disconsonant, discordant, disharmonic, disharmonious, dishonest,
     dismal, dismaying, dispatchful, dissonant, distressful,
     distressing, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dominant,
     dominant note, double whole note, double-edged, drastic, dreary,
     dressed to advantage, dressed to kill, dressy, drilling, droll,
     ear-piercing, ear-splitting, edge, edged, eighth note,
     elder statesman, elegant, enharmonic, enharmonic note, escharotic,
     exactly, excessive, excruciating, exorbitant, expeditious,
     experienced hand, expert, expert consultant, exquisite,
     extravagant, extreme, facetious, false, falsehearted, fashionable,
     fast, featheredged, feline, fierce, finagling, fine, flat, fly,
     forked, foxy, fraudulent, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, funny,
     furcal, furcate, furious, furtive, gambler, gamester, gelid,
     geniculate, geniculated, genteel, gifted, glacial, gnawing,
     graduate, grating, grave, great, grievous, griping, gruff,
     guileful, half note, handy man, hard, harrowing, harsh, hastily,
     hazarder, headlong, heartfelt, hemidemisemiquaver, hep, hibernal,
     hiemal, high, high-pitched, homefelt, hone, hooked, horse coper,
     horse trader, hot, howling, humorous, humorsome, hurtful, hurting,
     hyperborean, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy, immelodious,
     immoderate, impetuously, impulsively, incisive, inclement,
     inconsiderate, indelible, indirect, ingenious, inharmonic,
     inharmonious, insidious, intelligent, intemperate, intense,
     inventive, irritating, jackleg, jagged, jaunty, jesting, jocose,
     jocular, joking, joky, joshing, journeyman, joyless, keen,
     keen-edged, keen-witted, keening, knee-shaped, knifelike, knowing,
     lamentable, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber, like a flash,
     like a thunderbolt, loud, malicious, malignant, marked, marksman,
     minim, mordacious, mordant, mortgage shark, mournful, moving,
     musical note, musicless, nasty, natty, natural, neat, needle-sharp,
     nifty, nimble, nimble-witted, nipping, nippy, no dumbbell,
     no slouch, nobby, nonmelodious, nose-piercing, nose-tickling,
     not born yesterday, note, numbing, observant, odorous, of a sudden,
     off, off-key, off-tone, on short notice, on the, on the alert,
     on the ball, on the button, on the dot, on the instant, on the job,
     on the minute, on the nose, on time, original, out of pitch,
     out of tone, out of tune, outrageous, painful, paralyzing,
     paroxysmal, patent note, pathetic, pawky, peaked, peaky,
     penetrating, perceptive, pervading, pettifogger, petty gambler,
     piercing, piker, pinching, piping, piquant, pitchman, piteous,
     pitiable, player, plop, plump, plunger, plunging, plunk, poignant,
     pointed, poisonous, politic, politician, pop, posh, precipitantly,
     precipitately, precipitous, precipitously, precisely, pro,
     professional, professor, proficient, profound, prompt, punctually,
     pungent, punter, quarter note, quaver, qui vive, quick,
     quick-thinking, quick-witted, racking, rapid, rapier-like, raucous,
     raw, razor-edged, ready, recherche, reedy, reeking, regrettable,
     report, resourceful, responding note, right, rigorous, ritzy,
     rough, rueful, sad, saddening, salt, salty, sarcastic, sardonic,
     savant, saw-toothed, sawtooth, scathing, scheming, scintillating,
     scorching, screaky, screeching, screechy, semibreve, semiquaver,
     sensitive, serpentine, serrate, set, severe, shall, shaped note,
     shark, sharp-cornered, sharp-sighted, sharp-witted, sharpened,
     sharper, sharpie, sharply, sheer, shifty, shooting, short,
     shortchanger, shrewd, shrieking, shrieky, shrill, shyster,
     sixteenth note, sixty-fourth note, slap, sleek, sleepless, sleety,
     slick, slicker, slippery, slushy, sly, smack, smack-dab, smart,
     smooth, smug, snaky, snappy, snazzy, sneaky, snippy, soigne,
     soignee, sophistical, sophisticated, sore, sorrowful, sour, spang,
     sparkling, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, speculator, speedy,
     spiccato, spicy, spieler, spiffy, spiteful, splitting, sport,
     sporting man, sportsman, sprightly, spruce, spry, square, squarely,
     squeaking, squeaky, stabbing, staccato, startlingly, statesman,
     stealthy, steel-trap, steep, stinging, stone-cold, strategic,
     strict, strident, stringent, strong, strong-scented,
     strong-smelling, style-conscious, stylish, subtile, subtle,
     subzero, sudden, suddenly, suffocating, supercooled, supple, surly,
     surprisingly, surreptitious, sustained note, swank, swanky, swell,
     swift, swish, tactical, talented, tangy, tart, technical adviser,
     technician, tercet, thin, thirty-second note, thoughtless, tinhorn,
     tipster, to the minute, tone, tony, tormenting, torturous,
     touching, tough, tout, treacherous, treble, trenchant, trendy,
     trickish, tricksy, tricky, trig, trim, triplet, truculent,
     tuneless, two-edged, two-faced, ululant, unawares, unblinking,
     unceremonious, uncomfortable, unconscionable, underhand,
     underhanded, unethical, unexpectedly, ungracious, unharmonious,
     unkind, unmelodious, unmusical, unnodding, unscrupulous,
     unsleeping, untunable, untuned, untuneful, unwinking, vehement,
     venomous, venturer, vertical, violent, virulent, vitriolic, vivid,
     vulpine, wagerer, wailing, wakeful, wary, well-dressed,
     well-groomed, whet, whimsical, whining, whistling, whole note,
     wide-awake, wily, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry,
     withering, without notice, without warning, witty, woebegone,
     woeful, wretched, zigzag

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :


From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Sharp -- U.S. County in Arkansas
     Population (2000):    17119
     Housing Units (2000): 9342
     Land area (2000):     604.353312 sq. miles (1565.267826 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    1.991812 sq. miles (5.158769 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    606.345124 sq. miles (1570.426595 sq. km)
     Located within:       Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
     Location:             36.190062 N, 91.498459 W
      Sharp, AR
      Sharp County
      Sharp County, AR

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