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Webster 1913 Edition


Sharpness

Sharp′ness

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Noun.
[AS.
scearpness
.]
The quality or condition of being sharp; keenness; acuteness.

Webster 1828 Edition


Sharpness

SH'ARPNESS

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Noun.
1. Keenness of an edge or point; as the sharpness of a razor or a dart.
2. Not obtuseness.
3. Pungency; acidity; as the sharpness of vinegar.
4. Pungency of pain; keenness; severity of pain or affliction; as the sharpness of pain, grief or anguish.
5. Painfulness; afflictiveness; as the sharpness or calamity.
And the best quarrels in the heat are curst
By those that feel their sharpness. Shak.
6. Sverity of language; pungency; satirical sarcasm; as the sharpness of a satire or rebuke.
Some did all folly with just sharpness blame. Dryden.
7. Acuteness of intellect; the power of nice discernment; quickness of understanding; ingenuity; as sharpness of wit or understanding.
8. Quickness of sense or perception; as the sharpness of sight.
9. Keenness; sverity as the sharpness of the air or weather.

Definition 2022


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Sharpness

  1. an inland port in Gloucestershire

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sharpness (countable and uncountable, plural sharpnesses)

  1. (uncountable) the cutting ability of an edge; keenness
  2. (uncountable) the fineness of the point a pointed object
  3. (countable) The product or result of being sharp.
  4. (of food etc) pungency or acidity
  5. (of an image) distinctness, focus
  6. (of intelligence) acuteness or acuity
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
      A lack of match sharpness was perhaps to blame for Rooney squandering England's best chance after 27 minutes.
  7. (obsolete) edge or blade
    • 1760, John Marchant, Gent. Mr. Gordon, Daniel Bellamy, and others., A New Complete English Dictionary...:
      CUT-WATER, or KNEE OF THE HEAD [S.] the ſharpneſs of the head of the ſhip, below the beak;
    • ca. 1395, John Wycliffe et al., Joshua 6:21:
      also thei smytiden bi the scharpnesse of swerd, oxun, and scheep, and assis.

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