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  • adj. Having a sharp point or edge.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of sharpen.

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

  • adj. made sharp or sharper
  • adj. having the point made sharp


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  • His expression sharpened and his eyes began to glitter with a dangerous light as he leaned into her until his face was mere inches from hers.


  • He blinked and his expression sharpened, looking around him, taking in the empty room without comprehension.

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • Old Corbet did not answer him, but turning round to the baronet, who was not then in a capacity to hear or observe anything apart from the terrible convulsions of agony he was suffering, he looked upon him, his keen old eyes in a blaze, his lips open and their expression sharpened by the derisive and satanic triumph that was legible in the demon sneer which kept them apart.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche often used the analogy that receiving an empowerment is like being given a sword, while receiving subsequent permission is like having that sword sharpened for more effective use.

    5 Alternative Kalachakra

  • We go on like this a bit until I have a knife defined as a sharpened metal blade with some sort of handle, used to cut with.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Ah-now he was actually being taken seriously, he saw with grim satisfaction as his father's expression sharpened dramatically.

    The Bellini Bride

  • The disapproving expression sharpened into accusation.

    Captives Of The Night

  • That his armor was polished, his sword sharpened, and that his horse was glossy and fed and newly shod.

    The Dragons of Krynn

  • Decision made, Lord Gunthar immediately proceeded to turn the household upside down, shouting for Wills, his retainer, shouting for his armor to be brought, his sword sharpened, his griffon readied.

    Test of the Twins

  • Nor would the Maid let us have her sword sharpened for her.

    A Heroine of France


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