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Definition of the verb sharpen

What does sharpen mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sharpened | sharpening | sharpens

  1. make sharp or sharper
  2. make crisp or more crisp and precise
    • example: We had to sharpen our arguments
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: compound / deepen / heighten / intensify = make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  3. become sharp or sharper
    • example: The debate sharpened
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: deepen / intensify = become more intense
  4. put (an image) into focus
  5. make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • antonym: soften
    • more generic term: change intensity = increase or decrease in intensity
    • more specific word: focus = cause to converge on or toward a central point
  6. raise the pitch of (musical notes)
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: flatten
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  7. give a point to
  8. make (one's senses) more acute
    • example: This drug will sharpen your vision
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of sharpen: heighten
    • more generic words: compound / deepen / heighten / intensify = make more intense, stronger, or more marked
    • more specific words: subtilise / subtilize = make (senses) more keen

Alternative definition of the verb sharpen

verb

  1. [transitive] To make sharp

Explanation

Sharpen is an Eclipse plug-in useful for multiplatform code development, having the ability to convert from one language to another. Sharpen can convert Java to C# and vice versa. It can be used also to develop Java code with the most recent JDK, as Sharpen can convert between the Java dialects.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sharpen

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Google previewMechanisms (2008)

New Media and the Forensic Imagination by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

Sharpen is an instance of what is technically known as an area process transformation. It works by multiplying the color value of a pixel by the quantity of its neighboring pixels and then lightening or darkening the pixel based on whether the ...

Google previewUnderwater Digital Photography for Dslrs (2010)

by Steven Dale Fish

Sharpen is the most useful of the filtering functions. CLII.

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Original Unsharpened After Sharpen ...

Google previewBowhunter's Encyclopedia (1992)

by Dwight R. Schuh

To sharpen a head on a stone. Ihe procedure is much like sharpening a knife. First put oil on Ihe stone. Ili-niii with the back edge of the blade on Ihe stone, and draw the blade toward you as if to slice oil off the stone. As you slice, work from Ihe ...

Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

by William Marsden

Sharpen exo-V tājam-kan, ---- mendjam; (whet) 4.1%.c meng-ăsah, oft-châni. Sharp-sighted *** <-- mäta täjam. SHARPen (cheat) #33 pengichū, Shatten co, romok, 43 pachah. SHAVE A}- ckiikur, Ar- meniükur; (shaver, barber) so pen- chikur.

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Usage statistics about sharpen

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sharpen:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb sharpen and its most common antonyms:

softensharpen flattensharpen dullsharpen

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Quotes about Sharpen

Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart. (Walter Savage Landor)
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Scrabble value of S1H4A1R1P3E1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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