Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a sharp manner; pertaining to precision.
  • adv. Intellectually alert and penetrating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a sharp manner,; keenly; acutely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a sharp or keen mariner, in any sense of the word sharp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a well delineated manner
  • adv. changing suddenly in direction and degree
  • adv. in an aggressive manner
  • adv. very suddenly and to a great degree

Etymologies

sharp +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He analyzes the different meanings of the term sharply distinguishing it from myth.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Reports that a group of mortgage bond investors are seeking to have a now defunct subprime lending unit of H&R Block Inc. buy back billions of dollars in failed mortgages sent shares in the name sharply lower today and drove up demand for in- and out-of-the money put options on the stock.

    Forbes.com: News

  • “Clio” He called her name sharply, hoping to penetrate her wild oblivion.

    Circles of Stone

  • “We have some things to discuss and Fern,” he said, pronouncing the name sharply, “has to be present.”

    Twilight’s Child

  • New members India and South Africa, as well as current member Brazil, differ sharply from the United States on everything from the use of economic sanctions to constrain Iran's nuclear program to the importance of human rights in international affairs.

    Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett: Iran's "Soft Power" Increasingly Checks U.S. Power

  • Meghan McCain sharply criticized Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell on Sunday, calling the GOP nominee someone "seen as a nutjob."

    Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell 'Seen As Nutjob'

  • Immigration, which census figures show declined sharply from the Depression through the 1960s, reached a historic low point the year after Woodstock.

    Immigration – The New Generational Conflict | Impact Lab

  • Sometimes, when there is a lack of buyers and sellers, the price of an ETF can diverge sharply from the value of its underlying investments.

    Adviser Says No to ETFs

  • And the data makes it clear that the economic activity has turned down sharply from the moment this government took power and started talking the economy down.

    Osborne has taken the coward's route

  • Banks have tightened credit terms sharply since last year, Fed surveys show, which means a capital-spending slump is on the way, Mr. Bernstein says.

    Easy credit's end

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