sharper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sharper a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sharper A person who bargains closely, especially, one who cheats in bargains; a swinder; also, a cheating gamester. "Sharpers , as pikes, prey upon their own kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sharper A man shrewd in making bargains; a tricky fellow; a rascal; a cheat in bargaining or gaming.
    • n sharper A sharpener; an instrument or tool used for sharpening.
    • n sharper A long, thin oyster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sharper a trickster: a swindler: a cheat
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Quotations

  • Eden Phillpotts
    Eden Phillpotts
    “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.”
  • Washington Irving
    Washington%20Irving
    “The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.”
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles%20Lamb
    “Pain is life -- the sharper, the more evidence of life.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only weapon that becomes sharper with constant use is the tongue.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.

Usage

In literature:

I flatter myself that I'm sharper than any detective that ever lived.
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton
The ground was hardened by a severe frost, which made the clatter of the hoofs sound yet louder and sharper.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
There was also the sharper crash of rifle fire.
"The Scouts of Stonewall" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The furrows round his mouth and eyes had become deeper and sharper.
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
A man has a sharper eye than a dog, or a fox, or than any of the wild creatures, but not so sharp an ear or nose.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
The more recent letters from the hat dealers had been sharper and less kindly.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
We must have somebody a little sharper than you!
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Various
Fools of each fabric, sharpers of all sorts, and dunces of every degree, profess themselves of both orders.
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
Harder than stone is his unfeeling heart; sharper than the adder's poison-fangs are his words; a snake in the grass is he!
"The Story of Siegfried" by James Baldwin
Behind her cheerful smile there was always the grim fear growing sharper every hour.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
Instead of growing tired, they get sharper every day.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
But there were plenty of wits there sharper than his own.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Perhaps it may be put to a sharper test than you dream of.
"Zicci, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Never, Mr. Pelham, trust to a man at a gaming-house; the honestest look hides the worst sharper!
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
One pair of eyes, however, was sharper than the rest.
"Captain January" by Laura E. Richards
Your eyes are younger and sharper than mine; see if those are not fresh footprints.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
I have never seen that books helped people to trade sharper.
"Crooked Trails" by Frederic Remington
His senses are appreciably sharper than our own.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
I had heard of it, and I fancied that the sharpers, who kept the table, knew nothing of the matter.
"The Room in the Dragon Volant" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
A second sharper, keener note, ending in an unmistakable howl, answered the first.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

The word of Christ, our Lord,
With whom we have to do;
Is sharper than a two-edged sword,
To pierce the sinner through.
"The Word Quick And Powerful" by John Newton
I feel, and with a sharper pang,
My mortal sickness; how I give
My heart to weak and stuffless ghosts,
And with the living cannot live.
"On A Ruined Farm Near The 'His Master's Voice Gramophone Factory'" by George Orwell
I long have ran a vary'd round
Of sins, which now my conscience wound:
But sharper 'tis, e'en than a sword,
To have despis'd God's holy word.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
How many maids have SHARPER's vows deceiv'd !
How many curs'd the moment they believ'd !
Yet, his known falshood could no warning prove :
Ah ! what are warnings to a maid in love !
"Thursday, the Bassette-Table" by Mary Wortley Montagu
Oh, when I die, my latest Moments spare,
Nor let thy Grief with sharper Torments kill,
Wound not thy Cheeks, nor hurt that flowing Hair,
Tho' I am dead, my Soul shall love thee still:
"Elegy XIII" by James Hammond
Smilinda. How many Maids have Sharper's vows deceiv'd?
How many curs'd the moment they believ'd?
Yet his known Falsehoods could no Warning prove:
Ah! what is warning to a Maid in Love?
"The Basset-Table : An Eclogue" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Smaller Waistlines, Sharper Minds, Stronger Bones and Healthier Hearts.
A Sharper Take on the Razorback State.
Horror history ' Reel Terror' needs a sharper bite.
(Lafayette, Louisiana)- On Wednesday February 24th, Darren Sharper of the New Orleans Saints is headed to celebrate his NFL Super Bowl victory with all his supportive fans in Lafayette.
He will be at the Lafayette Health Club where he will be launching his signature " Sharper Shake" shirts.
The Return of The Sharper Image.
Today marks the return of your favorite gadget guys, The Sharper Image.
Obama, Romney Contrast Will Grow Sharper .
All remaining stores of bankrupt retailer Sharper Image Corp. Will be closed and liquidated, according.
Bankrupt retailer Sharper Image Corp. Will be sold to a joint venture of private investment.
The chairman of the board of Sharper Image Corp, Jerry Levin, has resigned with intentions.
The House That Sharper Image Built.
Richard Thalheimer, founder of The Sharper Image, sells his tech-enhanced home.
Sharper Image founder and former CEO Richard Thalheimer has moved on to gadget site RichardSolo.com.
Sharper Image recalling about 80,000 USB wall chargers due to fire hazard.
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In science:

In its applications Theorem 1 is related to the bound of Varopoulos an Carne (1985), and in some cases, as in the corollaries below, it yields sharper results.
Fast graphs for the random walker
It is clear from the figure that the transition becomes sharper as the system size increases.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
As the system size increases we find the peak becomes sharper and its height increases.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
It is slightly sharper in certain cases but less useful for direct application.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Again, there will be a sharper version of this result in Chapter 4 that is called ‘Addition to Theorem 2’, and the Central Limit Theorem.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
In MC results this regime can be indicated for regular copolymers and is better visible for random and proteinlike copolymers, but it is sharper and shorter than that in SCF.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
But we are not interested in sharper results.
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
Thus our bounds in Theorem 9.1 are sharper for classical groups.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Interestingly, the threshold width is much sharper for random geometric graphs than for Bernoulli random graphs.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
In fact, the threshold width for random geometric graphs is much sharper than for Bernoulli random graphs.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
Observe that the width is much sharper than the threshold width for Gn,p .
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
Moreover, this threshold is sharper than the one for Bernoulli random graphs.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
These stars, however, are typically sharper for their FWHM than are the GCs.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
So we would need a sharper result than the weak law of large numbers for sampling without replacemement to estimate the values of the derivative at points where hn > 0.
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
When the resolution of the experimental probe becomes sharper, the magnetic phase may be observed in a wider region.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
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