sharpness

Definitions

  • Testing the Sharpness of a Chisel
    Testing the Sharpness of a Chisel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sharpness harshness of manner
    • n sharpness the quality of being sharp and clear
    • n sharpness thinness of edge or fineness of point
    • n sharpness the quality of being keenly and painfully felt "the sharpness of her loss"
    • n sharpness a strong odor or taste property "the pungency of mustard","the sulfurous bite of garlic","the sharpness of strange spices","the raciness of the wine"
    • n sharpness the attribute of urgency in tone of voice "his voice had an edge to it"
    • n sharpness a quick and penetrating intelligence "he argued with great acuteness","I admired the keenness of his mind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SHARP'S THE WORD SHARP'S THE WORD
Al Sharpe's goal Al Sharpe's goal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.
    • n Sharpness The quality or condition of being sharp; keenness; acuteness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches over the course of 3 consecutive leaps, achieved in May 1977 by a South African sharp-nosed frog called Santjie.
    • n sharpness The state or character of being sharp, in any sense of that word.
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Quotations

  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.”
  • Vance Havner
    Vance%20Havner
    “Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.”
  • Eugene Sue
    Eugene Sue
    “Virtue often trips and falls over the sharp edge of poverty.”

Idioms

Sharp as a tack - (USA) If someone is as sharp as a tack, they are very clever indeed.
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Sharp cookie - Someone who isn't easily deceived or fooled is a sharp cookie.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. scearpness,

Usage

In literature:

CAUSE: Injuries such as a kick from a sharp shoe, wire cuts, punctures from snags, or from probing a wound near a joint.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Maurice brought Miss Sharp to-day to interview me.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
Magpies are awful sharp, that way.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
As the soldiers sang it, biting out each word sharp and short, it had become a battle-cry.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
Pull it out, and try if the point's sharp.
"The Black Tor" by George Manville Fenn
Ah, they bite fine and sharp, Master Bart, and I don't want any more of it, and so I tell you.
"The Silver Canyon" by George Manville Fenn
In the meantime, I accompanied Dicky Sharpe to the home of his father and mother, Sir John and Lady Sharpe.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
This specimen was diminutive and sharp.
"The Young Fur Traders" by R.M. Ballantyne
But what's Mr Sharp bin inquiring arter?
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sharp, upon his own field of law and politics.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
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In poetry:

Ah ! will not mem'ry keep
Sharp grief alive?
Never will mem'ry sleep,
Howe'er I strive.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
I heard a cry in the night,
A thousand miles it came,
Sharp as a flash of light,
My name, my name!
"Message" by Sara Teasdale
Bright-voiced was my laughter,
I—that was but a maid!
And when the sharp gyve bound me,
Then was I not afraid.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
XXXIV. More closely to thy mark, my song, return:
The summer toils are sharp, but ended soon
Of those I sung but now, and haply earn
For them, for wives, for children, many a boon:
"The Toils Of The Voyager" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
We mourn not all alone; from those far lands
Where faces that, though dark, still show their tears,
Comes the sharp cry for help, and swarthy hands
Waving to us in all their hopes and fears.
"Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
Too soon, alas! that painful lot I found;
For, withering in their bloom, the roses died,
Shew'd the sharp thorns which they before did hide,
And time could never heal their treach'rous wound.
"To Love" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Sharp Delta Jackpot Tuneup for Bern Identity.
Kathleen Sharp's tale of one man fighting a pharmaceutical company may seem like fiction, but the story is true.
This third shot has been refocused so both statues and the wall in the background are sharp.
Senior editor Patricia Sharpe on crème brûlée, eating out, and the best new restaurant in the state.
He currently has a sharp analysis on President Obama's maneuvering room in foreign and military policy.
Not to be outdone by the broad-wing hawks, this sharp-shinned hawk performs a close flyby at Sunrise Mountain, NJ on September 16 as it gets an early start on its migration.
With just two weeks before ballots go into the mail for the June primary election, the state's top primary races and the battle for control of the General Assembly is coming into sharp focus.
Two etchings, each signed and titled by Herbert Alvin Sharpe (American/Louisiana, 1910-1982).
Annaliese Wiltfang led the host Tigers (19-8) with five kills, Liz Nelson had four while both Sierre Schultz and Regan Sharp had three kills.
Heavy rains have eroded the Ankarana Plateau into caves and canyons topped by sharp rock formations known as tsingy.
REITs Return 4% in Second Quarter, a Sharp Drop From Prior Period.
I'm at the wheel of a Buick Park Avenue, driving about 30 mph on a snowy surface, when a sharp curve looms ahead.
Weekdays 5 am - 7 am Call: 602.260.KFYI / 602.260.5394 Email: Jim@kfyi.com Facebook: Become a Friend Twitter: Follow Me Youtube: Watch You have to be Sharp(e) to make sense this early.
A sharp increase in gastrointestinal illness identified by the El Paso County Public Health Department is connected to an infection caused by norovirus.
Wouldn't it be great to awaken early each morning with lots of energy, a sharp mind and completely free of aches and pains—while looking forward to the day.
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In science:

In our results, there remains an excitation with substantial weight and relatively sharp peak-width near the band top even under strong randomness.
Anomaly in Spin Excitation Spectrum of Double-Exchange Systems with Randomness
This is in sharp contrast with the fact that smaller scales have larger values of η , under the mean conditions of the unperturbed medium.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
In general, it appears that the pure nonlinear development of TI, even in the absence of other agents like magnetic fields, rotation, stellar energy injection, etc., does not necessarily lead to rapid formation of clouds with sharp phase transition at their boundaries. 2.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
We observe that the quantum walk is in sharp contrast to its classical counterpart.
Experimental Implementation of the Quantum Random-Walk Algorithm
This is described in and proved with sharp uniform concentration estimates in .
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
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