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sharp-sighted

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sharp-sighted keenly perceptive or alert "quick-sighted into the faults of the time"- Leonard Bacon"
    • adj sharp-sighted having very keen vision "quick-sighted as a cat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sharp-sighted Having quick or acute sight; -- used literally and figuratively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sharp-sighted Having quick or acute sight: as, a sharp-sighted eagle or hawk.
    • sharp-sighted Having or proceeding from quick discernment or acute understanding: as, a sharp-sighted opponent; sharp-sighted judgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Sharp-sighted having acute sight: shrewd
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.

Usage

In literature:

But instead of the man running into the harbour, he turned sharp to his left on catching sight of the boat and staggered up to it.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
No other horsemen were in sight, but an occasional sharp report sounded from the opposite side of the herd.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
She gave a sharp exclamation at the sight of its contents.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
It could, indeed, be seen in full daylight by sharp-sighted people.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Hussonnet, who had sharp sight, recognised Arnoux from a distance.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
It startled her, however, greatly, to find her own view of things held by her much less sharp-sighted mother.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Toinette drew a sharp breath at the sight of her face.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
When on the hunt for prey, it is very cunning and sharp-sighted.
"Harper's Young People, February 10, 1880" by Various
All the time he had sharp eyes and long ears; but could find out nothing of the Sheriff's plans, nor happen on sight of Mistress Fitzwalter.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Brooke was not a man of very quick intuitions, as a rule; but in this case love gave him sharpness of sight.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
Presently his sharp eyes caught sight of Drusie creeping from bush to bush.
"A Tale of the Summer Holidays" by G. Mockler
Snap was a sharp-sighted person, and quickly detected many qualities in Titmouse, kindred to his own.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
At sight of him a sharp exclamation escaped her.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The sight of it gave her heart a sharp pang before her brain had framed the smallest theory of it.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
The old ladies were as sharp-sighted as such functionaries usually are in any sphere of society.
"St. Patrick's Eve" by Charles James Lever
It takes more patience than sharpness of sight to trace the outline of the Little Dipper.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
They also pull out their eyelashes, which they believe prevent sharp sight.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Just then he caught sight of another of those sharp flashes that he had taken for lightning.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
Seizing a spare rifle, the hunter sighted the leader of the troop, and a third sharp report woke up the echoes of the rocks.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
So thought Wolsey, the most sharp-sighted of English ministers.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
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In poetry:

Voice of the far-sighted Muses!
Cry of keen foreboding song!
Every cleft of startled Tempe
Tingles with it sharp and long.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Sweep, flaming besom, sweep from sight
The lies of time; be swift to smite,
Sharp sword of God, all idols down,
Genevan creed and Roman crown.
"Hymn of The Dunkers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Lo, from a further, gloomy wood,
A hungry wolf all bristling hied
And on the cottage threshold stood
And saw the dame at work inside;
And, as he saw the pleasing sight,
He licked his fangs so sharp and white.
"Winfreda" by Eugene Field

In news:

At their keenest, good sight and sharp hearing are taken for granted.
A sharp-sighted hunting dog points to an abstraction titled "Bird in Flight".
Eric Sharp Imagine the sight of a 50-pound, Asian black carp laughing his anal and caudal fins off as he watches the frenetic, multi-agency scramble to keep him from cruising into Lake Michigan.
Zombie activity has had a sharp increase lately with more sightings being made daily.
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In science:

This might seem strange at first sight as one would seem to be violating both Lorentz invariance in sharp conflict with general covariance.
4d Lorentzian Holst action with topological terms
There, using appropriate Hausdorff metric terminology, a quite sharp, but perhaps at a first sight less illuminating, presentation is achieved.
Flows near Compact Invariant Sets - Part I
The presence of a cold, neutral medium along the line of sight introduces a sharp photoelectric absorption cutoff in the power-law spectrum emitted by the nuclear source.
X-ray absorption in Active Galactic Nuclei
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