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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharknoun

    any of numerous elongate mostly marine carnivorous fishes with heterocercal caudal fins and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales

  2. sharknoun

    a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest

  3. sharkverb

    a person who is unusually skilled in certain ways

    "a card shark"

  4. sharkverb

    play the shark; act with trickery

  5. sharkverb

    hunt shark

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sharknoun

    Etymology: canis charcharias, Latin.

    His jaws horrifick arm’d with threefold fate,
    The direful shark. James Thomson, Summer.

    David’s messengers are sent back to him, like so many sharks and runnagates, only for endeavouring to compliment an ill-nature out of itself, and seeking that by petition which they might have commanded by their sword. Robert South, Sermons.

    Wretches who live upon the shark, and other mens sins, the common poisoners of youth, equally desperate in their fortunes and their manners, and getting their very bread by the damnation of souls. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To Sharkverb

    To pick up hastily or slily.

    Young Fontinbras,
    Of unimproved mettle, hot and full,
    Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there,
    Shark’d up a list of landless resolutes. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  3. To Sharkverb

    The fly leads a lazy, voluptuous, scandalous, sharking life, hateful wherever she comes. Roger L'Estrange.

    There are cheats by natural inclination as well as by corruption: nature taught this boy to shark, not discipline. Roger L'Estrange.

    The old generous English spirit, which heretofore made this nation so great in the eyes of all the world, seems utterly extinct; and we are degenerated into a mean, sharking, fallacious, undermining converse, there being a snare and a trapan almost in every word we hear, and every action we see. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shark

    any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes of the order Plagiostomi, found in all seas

  2. Shark

    a rapacious, artful person; a sharper

  3. Shark

    trickery; fraud; petty rapine; as, to live upon the shark

  4. Sharkverb

    to pick or gather indiscriminately or covertly

  5. Sharkverb

    to play the petty thief; to practice fraud or trickery; to swindle

  6. Sharkverb

    to live by shifts and stratagems

  7. Etymology: [Of uncertain origin; perhaps through OF. fr. carcharus a kind of dogfish, Gr. karchari`as, so called from its sharp teeth, fr. ka`rcharos having sharp or jagged teeth; or perhaps named from its rapacity (cf. Shark, v. t. & i.); cf. Corn. scarceas.]


  1. SHARK

    In cryptography, SHARK is a block cipher identified as one of the predecessors of Rijndael. SHARK has a 64-bit block size and a 128-bit key size. It is a six round SP-network which alternates a key mixing stage with linear and non-linear transformation layers. The linear transformation uses an MDS matrix representing a Reed-Solomon error correcting code in order to guarantee good diffusion. The nonlinear layer is composed of eight 8×8-bit S-boxes based on the function F(x) = x−1 over GF. Five rounds of a modified version of SHARK can be broken using an interpolation attack.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shark

    shärk, n. a common name for most of the Elasmobranch fishes included in the sub-order Selachoidei—voracious fishes, mostly carnivorous, with large sharp teeth on the jaws—most numerous in the tropics. [Perh. L. carcharus—Gr. karcharos, jagged.]

  2. Shark

    shärk, n. a sharper, a cheat or swindler: an extortionate rogue.—v.i. to live like a swindler.—v.t. to pick up (with up or out).—ns. Shark′er; Shark′ing. [Prob. from preceding word.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shark

    A name applied to many species of large cartilaginous fish of the family Squalidæ. Their ferocity and voracity are proverbial. Also, applied to crimps, sharpers, and low attorneys.

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  1. Harks

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shark in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shark in a Sentence

  1. Gavin Naylor:

    In terms of treatment, we treat shark bite injuries as we would any other trauma with hemorrhage, pressure, tourniquet, minimize blood loss [and] treat for shock.

  2. South Texas:

    Congrats to Sierra Tomlinson on landing her dream shark.

  3. Chris Fischer:

    Don't go play with the seals in the water at dawn or dusk. Other than that, enjoy life, go swimming. Because if you're worried about a shark interaction, you should be scared to death to get in the car.

  4. Richard Peirce:

    If you're a diver with an underwater camera, use it, if you're a snorkeler, rip off your snorkel and use it to poke the shark, i've had a lot of sharks come at me, and it's (been) enough to use a shark billy -- a small metal rod between two and three feet long -- and I've just given them a little nudge on their nose.

  5. Erich Fitzgerald:

    That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen. That's only happened once before in Australia, and that was a totally different species of shark.

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