Sharp vs Bark - What's the difference?

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In context|medicine|lang=en terms the difference between sharp and bark

is that sharp is (medicine) a hypodermic syringe while bark is (medicine) peruvian bark or jesuit's bark, the bark of the cinchona from which quinine is produced.

As nouns the difference between sharp and bark

is that sharp is (music) the symbol ♯, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher while bark is the short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog or bark can be (countable|uncountable) the exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree or bark can be (obsolete) a small sailing vessel, eg a pinnace or a fishing smack; a rowing boat or barge.

As verbs the difference between sharp and bark

is that sharp is (music) to raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp while bark is to make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs) or bark can be to strip the bark from; to peel.

As a adjective sharp

is able to cut easily.

As a adverb sharp

is to a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.




  • Able to cut easily.
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  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  • (lb) Intelligent.
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  • * {{quote-news, author=(Jesse Jackson), title=In the Ferguson era, Malcolm X’s courage in fighting racism inspires more than ever, work=(The Guardian) (London), date=20 February 2015 citation
  • , passage=At school, despite his sharp mind, Malcolm was laughed at by teachers when he said he wanted to be a lawyer. }}
  • Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded.
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  • (lb) Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol after the name of the note).
  • (lb) Higher in pitch than required.
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  • Having an intense, acrid flavour.''
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  • Sudden and intense.
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  • *:She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact.
  • (lb) Illegal or dishonest.
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  • (lb) Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interests; shrewd.
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  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:the necessity of being so sharp and exacting
  • Exact, precise, accurate; keen.
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  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
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  • Offensive, critical, or acrimonious.
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  • (lb) Stylish or attractive.
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  • Observant; alert; acute.
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  • Forming a small angle; forming an angle of less than ninety degrees.
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  • *1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Chapter I,
  • *:The street down which Warwick had come intersected Front Street at a sharp angle in front of the old hotel, forming a sort of flatiron block at the junction, known as Liberty Point
  • Steep; precipitous; abrupt.
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  • Said of as extreme a value as possible.
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  • (lb) Tactical; risky.
  • *1963 , Max Euwe, Chess Master Vs. Chess Amateur (page xviii)
  • *:Time and time again, the amateur player has lost the opportunity to make the really best move because he felt bound to follow some chess "rule" he had learned, rather than to make the sharp move which was indicated by the position.
  • *1975 , Lud?k Pachman, Decisive Games in Chess History (page 64)
  • *:In such situations most chess players choose the ohvious and logical way: they go in for sharp play. However, not everyone is a natural attacking player
  • Piercing; keen; severe; painful.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
  • *(William Cowper) (1731-1800)
  • *:the morning sharp and clear
  • *(John Keble) (1792-1866)
  • *:in sharpest perils faithful proved
  • Eager or keen in pursuit; impatient for gratification.
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  • (lb) Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:in sharp contest of battle
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:A sharp assault already is begun.
  • Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.
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  • :(Edward Moxon)
  • Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone; aspirated; unvoiced.
  • Synonyms

    * (able to cut easily) keen, razor, razor-sharp * (intelligent) brainy, bright, intelligent, keen, smart, witty * (able to pierce easily) pointed * (having an intense and acrid flavour) acrid, pungent * (sudden and intense) abrupt, acute, stabbing * dishonest, dodgy, illegal, illicit, underhand * (accurate) accurate, exact, keen, precise * (critical) acrimonious, bitter, cutting, harsh, hostile, nasty * chic, elegant, smart, stylish * (observant) acute, alert, keen, observant, sharp-eyed


    * (able to cut easily) blunt, dull * (intelligent) dim, dim-witted, slow, slow-witted, thick * (able to pierce easily) blunt * (higher than usual by one semitone) flat * flat * (having an intense and acrid flavour) bland, insipid, tasteless * (sudden and intense) dull * above-board, honest, legit, legitimate, reputable * (accurate) inaccurate, imprecise * (critical) complimentary, flattering, friendly, kind, nice * inelegant, scruffy, shabby * (observant) unobservant

    Derived terms

    * not the sharpest knife in the drawer * sharpish * sharply * sharp-witted


  • To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You bite so sharp at reasons.
  • (notcomp) Exactly.
  • I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp .
  • (music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.
  • I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.


    * (exactly) exactly, on the dot (of time), precisely


    (en noun)
  • (music) The symbol ?, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.
  • The pitch pipe sounded out a perfect F? (F sharp).
    ''Transposition frequently is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.
  • (music) A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol ?.
  • (music) A note that is sharp in a particular key.
  • The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps .
  • (music) The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.
  • Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C? minor (C sharp minor.)
  • (usually, in the plural) Something that is sharp.
  • Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.
  • A sharp tool or weapon.
  • * Collier
  • If butchers had but the manners to go to sharps , gentlemen would be contented with a rubber at cuffs.
  • (medicine) A hypodermic syringe.
  • (medicine, dated) A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.
  • A dishonest person; a cheater.
  • The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.
  • Part of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
  • (Charles Kingsley)
  • A sewing needle with a very slender point, more pointed than a blunt or a between.
  • (in the plural) middlings
  • (slang, dated) An expert.
  • A sharpie (member of Australian gangs of the 1960s and 1970s).
  • * 2006 , Iain McIntyre, Tomorrow Is Today: Australia in the Psychedelic Era, 1966-1970
  • The Circle was one of the few dances the older sharps frequented; mostly they were to be found in pubs, pool-halls or at the track.

    Derived terms

    * card sharp * double sharp

    See also

    * (music) accidental, flat, natural *


    (en verb)
  • (music) To raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp.
  • That new musician must be tone deaf: he sharped half the notes of the song!
  • To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.
  • (rfquotek, L'Estrange)


    * harps 1000 English basic words



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) barken, berken, borken, from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs).
  • The neighbour's dog is always barking .
    The seal barked as the zookeeper threw fish into its enclosure.
  • To make a clamor; to make importunate outcries.
  • * (rfdate), Tyndale.
  • They bark , and say the Scripture maketh heretics.
  • * (rfdate), Fuller
  • Where there is the barking of the belly, there no other commands will be heard, much less obeyed. .
  • To speak sharply.
  • The sergeant barked an order.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=January 5 , author=Mark Ashenden , title=Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=While McCarthy prowled the touchline barking orders, his opposite number watched on motionless and expressionless and, with 25 minutes to go, decided to throw on Nicolas Anelka for Kalou.}}
    Usage notes
    Historically, bork'' existed as a past tense form and ''borken as a past participle, but both forms are now obsolete.
    Derived terms
    * bark up the wrong tree * barking * barking dogs never bite * bebark * dogs bark *
    * latrate (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • The short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog.
  • A similar sound made by some other animals.
  • (figuratively) An abrupt loud vocal utterance.
  • * circa 1921 , The Cambridge History of English and American Literature , vol 11:
  • Fox’s clumsy figure, negligently dressed in blue and buff, seemed unprepossessing; only his shaggy eyebrows added to the expression of his face; his voice would rise to a bark in excitement.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bark, from (etyl) .


    (wikipedia bark)
  • (countable, uncountable) The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree.
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  • Moving about 70 miles per hour, it crashed through the sturdy old-growth trees, snapping their limbs and shredding bark from their trunks.
  • (medicine) Peruvian bark or Jesuit's bark, the bark of the cinchona from which quinine is produced.
  • The crust formed on barbecued meat that has had a rub applied to it.
  • * 2009 , Julie Reinhardt, She-Smoke: A Backyard Barbecue Book , page 151:
  • This softens the meat further, but at some loss of crunch to the bark .
    Usage notes
    Usually uncountable; bark may be countable when referring to the barks of different types of tree.
    * (exterior covering of a tree) rind


    (en verb)
  • To strip the bark from; to peel.
  • To abrade or rub off any outer covering from.
  • to bark one’s heel
  • To girdle.
  • To cover or inclose with bark, or as with bark.
  • bark the roof of a hut

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) , from Egyptian b?re .

    Alternative forms

    * barque


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A small sailing vessel, e.g. a pinnace or a fishing smack; a rowing boat or barge.
  • (poetic) a sailing vessel or boat of any kind.
  • * circa 1609 , William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116:
  • It is the star to every wandering bark
  • * circa 1880 , among the Poems of Emily Dickinson:
  • Whether my bark went down at sea, Whether she met with gales,
  • (nautical) A three-masted vessel, having her foremast and mainmast square-rigged, and her mizzenmast schooner-rigged.