sheer Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb turn sharply; change direction abruptly
swerve; cut; veer; trend; curve; slew; slue.
- The car cut to the left at the intersection
- The motorbike veered to the right
verb cause to sheer
- She sheered her car around the obstacle
adjective satellite complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
rank; right-down; downright; out-and-out; absolute.
- absolute freedom
- an absolute dimwit
- a downright lie
- out-and-out mayhem
- an out-and-out lie
- a rank outsider
- many right-down vices
- got the job through sheer persistence
- sheer stupidity
adjective satellite not mixed with extraneous elements
plain; unmingled; unmixed.
- plain water
- sheer wine
- not an unmixed blessing
adjective satellite very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
- a bluff headland
- where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise
- a sheer descent of rock
adjective satellite so thin as to transmit light
gauze-like; vaporous; see-through; gossamer; cobwebby; vapourous; filmy; diaphanous; transparent; gauzy.
- a hat with a diaphanous veil
- filmy wings of a moth
- gauzy clouds of dandelion down
- gossamer cobwebs
- sheer silk stockings
- transparent chiffon
- vaporous silks
adverb straight up or down without a break
- he fell sheer into the water
Bright; clear; pure; unmixed."Sheer ale." Shak.
Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain. Shak.
Very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as,. sheermuslin
Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright;"A sheer impossibility." De Quincey. as,. sheerfolly; sheernonsense
It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings to one's bow. M. Arnold.
Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
A sheer precipice of a thousand feet. J. D. Hooker.
It was at least Nine roods of sheer ascent. Wordsworth.
Clean; quite; at once.Obs. Milton.
Sheer transitive verb
To shear.Obs. Dryden.
Sheer intransitive verb
To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship. sheersfrom her course; a horse sheersat a bicycle
(Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it.
A turn or change in a course.
Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore. Cooper.
Shears See Shear.
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