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  1. Able to cut easily.
    I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.
  2. Intelligent.
    My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.
  3. Able to pierce easily; pointed.
    Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.
  4. Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol Template:Term after the name of the note).
  5. Higher in pitch than required.
    The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.
  6. Having an intense, acrid flavour.
    Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.
  7. sudden and intense.
    A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.
  8. Illegal or dishonest.
    Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.
  9. Exact, precise, accurate; keen.
    You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.
  10. Offensive, critical, or acrimonious, as sharp criticism.
    When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.
  11. Stylish or attractive.
    You look so sharp in that tuxedo!
  12. Observant; alert; acute.
    Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!
  13. Forming a small angle; Template:Non-gloss definition 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.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      The street down which Warwick had come intersected Front Street at a sharp angle in front of the old hotel, forming a sort of flatiron block at the junction, known as Liberty Point
  14. 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.
  15. tactical; risky
    • 1963, Max Euwe, Chess Master Vs. Chess Amateur (page xviii)
      Time and time again, the amateur player has lost the opportunity to make the really best move because he felt bound to follow some chess "rule" he had learned, rather than to make the sharp move which was indicated by the position.
    • 1975, LudÄ›k Pachman, Decisive Games in Chess History (page 64)
      In such situations most chess players choose the ohvious and logical way: they go in for sharp play. However, not everyone is a natural attacking playerTemplate:...


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