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sheer

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verb \ˈshir\

Definition of sheer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to deviate from a course :  swerve

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to sheer

Examples of sheer in a Sentence

  1. the cruise ship sheered to the northwest, putting it safely out of the path of the hurricane

  2. the car sheered to avoid hitting the dog

Origin and Etymology of sheer

perhaps alteration of 1shear


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sheer

noun

Definition of sheer

  1. 1 :  a turn, deviation, or change in a course (as of a ship)

  2. 2 :  the position of a ship riding to a single anchor and heading toward it

First Known Use of sheer

1670


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sheer

adjective

Definition of sheer

  1. 1 obsolete :  bright, shining

  2. 2 :  of very thin or transparent texture :  diaphanous

  3. 3a :  unqualified, utter sheer folly sheer ignoranceb :  being free from an adulterant :  pure, unmixedc :  viewed or acting in dissociation from all else in terms of sheer numbers

  4. 4 :  marked by great and continuous steepness

sheerly

adverb

sheerness

noun

Examples of sheer in a Sentence

  1. a sheer drop to the sea

  2. we had to get window shades because passersby could see right through our sheer curtains

Origin and Etymology of sheer

Middle English schere freed from guilt, probably alteration of skere, from Old Norse skærr pure; akin to Old English scīnan to shine

Synonym Discussion of sheer

steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. steep implies such sharpness of pitch that ascent or descent is very difficult. a steep hill a steep dive abrupt implies a sharper pitch and a sudden break in the level. a beach with an abrupt drop-off precipitous applies to an incline approaching the vertical. the river winds through a precipitous gorge sheer suggests an unbroken perpendicular expanse. sheer cliffs that daunted the climbers

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sheer

adverb

Definition of sheer

  1. 1 :  in a complete manner :  altogether

  2. 2 :  straight up or down without a break :  perpendicularly

Examples of sheer in a Sentence

  1. mountains rising sheer from the plains

First Known Use of sheer

1599


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sheer

noun

Definition of sheer

  1. :  a sheer fabric; also :  an article of such a fabric

First Known Use of sheer

circa 1920


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sheer

noun

Definition of sheer

  1. :  the fore-and-aft curvature from bow to stern of a ship's deck as shown in side elevation

Origin and Etymology of sheer

perhaps alteration of 2shear


SHEER Defined for English Language Learners

sheer

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verb

Definition of sheer for English Language Learners

  • : to turn suddenly

sheer

adjective

Definition of sheer for English Language Learners

  • —used to emphasize the large amount, size, or degree of something

  • : complete and total

  • : very steep : almost straight up and down

sheer

adverb

Definition of sheer for English Language Learners

  • : straight up or down


SHEER Defined for Kids

sheer

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adjective \ˈshir\

Definition of sheer for Students

sheerer

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sheerest

  1. 1 :  very thin or transparent sheer curtains

  2. 2 :  complete and total :  absolute sheer nonsense

  3. 3 :  taken or acting apart from everything else He won through sheer determination.

  4. 4 :  very steep a sheer cliff



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