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1 As noun, the sign (♯) which, placed by a note, raises its pitch by a semitone. A sharp in the key signature affects all notes on corresponding degree of scale. See inflection of notes. (In Amer. usage a note is ‘sharped'; in Eng. ‘sharpened'.)

2 As adjective, describes singing or playing which departs from correct intonation upwards (opposite of flat, downwards).

Subjects: Music.

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