Definition of sharpness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɑːpnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːrpnəs//
    [uncountable, singular]
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  1. 1the quality of being clear and definite Can we improve the sharpness of the image?
  2. 2the ability to notice or understand things quickly or to react quickly her mental sharpness After his injury, the player needs time to regain his sharpness. the sharpness of her wit
  3. 3the quality of being critical or severe There was a sudden sharpness in her voice.
  4. 4the state or quality of being very strong and sudden, often like being cut or wounded synonym intensity (1) the sharpness of her pain
  5. 5the quality of being strong and slightly bitter in flavour or smell The soup has a pleasant sharpness.
  6. 6the fact of having a fine edge or point the sharpness of the blade opposite bluntness (2)
  7. 7the fact of a frost (1) or the wind being very cold or very severe the sharpness of the wind