Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

sharp +‎ -ly

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

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

    Circles of Stone

  • “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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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: Ahmadinejad Deploys 'Soft Power' in Lebanon

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