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Sharpness definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind" [syn: acuteness, acuity, sharpness, keenness]
2: the attribute of urgency in tone of voice; "his voice had an edge to it" [syn: edge, sharpness]
3: 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" [syn: pungency, bite, sharpness, raciness]
4: the quality of being keenly and painfully felt; "the sharpness of her loss"
5: thinness of edge or fineness of point [syn: sharpness, keenness] [ant: bluntness, dullness]
6: the quality of being sharp and clear [syn: distinctness, sharpness] [ant: blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness, softness]
7: harshness of manner [syn: asperity, sharpness] [ant: bluntness, dullness]

Merriam Webster's

noun see sharp I

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sharpness Sharp"ness, n. [AS. scearpness.] The quality or condition of being sharp; keenness; acuteness.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Acuteness, keenness. 2. Sagacity, shrewdness, ingenuity, wit, cleverness, quickness, acuteness, discernment, acumen. 3. Pungency, piquancy, acridity, acidity, tartness. 4. Severity, sarcasm, satire, pungency. 5. Poignancy, intensity, painfulness, keenness, pungency, severity, afflictiveness. 6. Fierceness, violence, ardor. 7. Shrillness, highness. 8. Eagerness, keenness. 9. Keenness, severity.

Moby Thesaurus

Italian hand, abruptness, absolute zero, acerbity, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, acuity, acuteness, adroitness, aggressiveness, agility, alacrity, alertness, algidity, animality, aptitude, aptness, arguteness, art, artfulness, artifice, asperity, astringence, astringency, astuteness, atonalism, atonality, atrocity, attention, attentiveness, barbarity, bearishness, beastliness, bite, bitingness, bitter pill, bitterness, bleakness, bloodlust, bluntness, boorishness, braininess, brashness, brightness, brilliance, briskness, brusqueness, brusquerie, brutality, cacophony, cageyness, callidity, canniness, causticity, causticness, cheerlessness, chic, chill, chilliness, churlishness, clear thinking, cleverness, clinker, clothes-consciousness, cold, coldness, comfortlessness, cool, coolness, coolth, corrosiveness, coxcombry, craft, craftiness, creakiness, crispness, crustiness, cryogenics, cryology, cunning, cunningness, curtness, cuttingness, dandyism, decrease in temperature, depression, destructiveness, dexterity, discomfort, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dismalness, dispatch, dissonance, dissonancy, dissonant chord, distress, distressfulness, dreariness, edge, elegance, esprit, expedition, expeditiousness, extremity, facetiousness, fierceness, fine Italian hand, finesse, flair, flatness, foppery, foppishness, force, foxiness, freezing point, freshness, frigidity, frostiness, funniness, furiousness, gall, gall and wormwood, gamesmanship, gelidity, genius, giftedness, gifts, grief, grievousness, grip, gruffness, guile, harshness, highness, humorousness, iciness, impetuosity, incisiveness, inclemency, ingeniousness, inharmoniousness, inharmony, inhumanity, insidiousness, intense cold, intensity, inventiveness, jauntiness, jocoseness, jocularity, joking, joshing, joylessness, keen-wittedness, keenness, lamentability, lamentation, low temperature, malignity, mental alertness, mercilessness, mercurial mind, mindlessness, mordacity, mordancy, mournfulness, murderousness, nastiness, native cleverness, nattiness, neatness, nimble mind, nimble-wittedness, nimbleness, nip, nippiness, nous, off note, one-upmanship, pain, painfulness, pathos, piercingness, pipingness, piquancy, pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness, pitilessness, pleasantry, poignancy, point, promptitude, promptness, punctuality, pungency, quick parts, quick thinking, quick wit, quick-wittedness, quickness, rawness, readiness, ready wit, reediness, regrettableness, resourcefulness, rigor, roughness, sadness, saltiness, satanic cunning, savagery, savvy, screechiness, severity, sharp air, sharp-wittedness, shiftiness, shortness, shrewdness, shrillness, sleekness, sleeplessness, slipperiness, slyness, smartness, smarts, sneakiness, sophistry, sorrowfulness, sour note, sourness, speediness, spiffiness, sprightly wit, spryness, stabbingness, stealth, stealthiness, sting, stridence, stridency, stridor, stridulousness, stringency, subtilty, subtleness, subtlety, suppleness, surliness, swiftness, talent, tartness, teeth, terrorism, trenchancy, trickiness, trimness, truculence, tunelessness, ungentleness, unharmoniousness, unmusicality, untunefulness, vandalism, vehemence, venom, viciousness, violence, virulence, wakefulness, wariness, wiles, wiliness, wit, wittiness, woebegoneness, woefulness, wolf

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