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SHARPNESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sharpness mean? 

SHARPNESS (noun)
  The noun SHARPNESS has 7 senses:

1. a quick and penetrating intelligence
2. the attribute of urgency
3. a strong odor or taste property
4. the quality of being keenly and painfully felt
5. thinness of edge or fineness of point
6. the quality of being sharp and clear
7. harshness of manner

  Familiarity information: SHARPNESS used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHARPNESS (noun)


Sense 1sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quick and penetrating intelligence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

keenness; sharpness; acuity; acuteness

Context examples:

he argued with great acuteness / I admired the keenness of his mind

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

intelligence (the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sharpness"):

steel trap (an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps))


Sense 2sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The attribute of urgency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sharpness; edge

Context example:

his voice had an edge to it

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

urgency (pressing importance requiring speedy action)


Sense 3sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong odor or taste property

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

raciness; pungency; sharpness; bite

Context examples:

the pungency of mustard / the sulfurous bite of garlic / the sharpness of strange spices / the raciness of the wine

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

spice; spicery; spiciness (the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored)


Sense 4sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being keenly and painfully felt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the sharpness of her loss

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

distressingness; painfulness (the quality of being painful)


Sense 5sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thinness of edge or fineness of point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

keenness; sharpness

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

configuration; conformation; contour; form; shape (any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline))

Attribute:

sharp (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sharpness"):

acuteness (the quality of having a sharp edge or point)

Antonym:

dullness (without sharpness or clearness of edge or point)


Sense 6sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being sharp and clear

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

distinctness; sharpness

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

clarity; clearness; uncloudedness (the quality of clear water)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sharpness"):

definition (clarity of outline)

discernability; legibility (distinctness that makes perception easy)

focus (maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system)

Antonym:

softness (the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines)


Sense 7sharpness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Harshness of manner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

asperity; sharpness

Hypernyms ("sharpness" is a kind of...):

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

Antonym:

dullness (without sharpness or clearness of edge or point)


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