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sheer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sheer

  1. 1 to change one's course or direction the cruise ship sheered to the northwest, putting it safely out of the path of the hurricane Synonyms of sheer detour, deviate, diverge, turn, swerve, swing, turn off, veer, wheelWords Related to sheer tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

  2. 2 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course the car sheered to avoid hitting the dog Synonyms of sheer break, cut, swerve, veer, yaw, zag, zigWords Related to sheer skew, slew (also slue); arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, hook, round, sweep, wheel; about-face, pivot; circle, coil, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; weave, zigzag; deviate, stray, wander, waverAntonyms of sheer straighten


sheer

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of sheer

  1. 1 very thin and easy to see through we had to get window shades because passersby could see right through our sheer curtains Synonyms of sheer cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauzelike, gauzy, gossamer, gossamery, see-through, transparent Words Related to sheer peekaboo; clear, crystal, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid; lucid, translucent; dainty, delicate, flimsy, fragile, frail, insubstantial, unsubstantial; colorless, uncolored Near Antonyms of sheer opaque; cloudy, foggy, hazy, misty, murky, nebulous, smoky (also smokey); drab, dull, lackluster, lusterless

  2. 2 having no exceptions or restrictions survivors of the earthquake told of experiencing sheer terror Synonyms of sheer all-out, arrant, blank, blooming [chiefly British], bodacious [Southern & Midland], categorical (also categoric), clean, complete, consummate, cotton-picking, crashing, damn, damned, dead, deadly, definite, downright, dreadful, fair, flat, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, perfect, plumb, profound, pure, rank, regular, absolute, simple, stark, stone, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, veryWords Related to sheer authentic, classic, genuine, real, veritable; constant, endless, eternal, perpetual, undying, unremitting; extreme, unrestricted; confirmed, habitual, hopeless, inveterate; extraordinary, frightful, horrible, huge, main, superlative, supreme, surpassing, terrible, terrificNear Antonyms of sheer doubtful, dubious, equivocal, qualified, questionable, restricted, uncertain

  3. 3 having an incline approaching the perpendicular the sheer slopes of the ravine Synonyms of sheer abrupt, bold, precipitous, steepWords Related to sheer perpendicular, plumb, straight, vertical; craggy, hillocky, hilly, mountainous, scarped; angled, canted, cocked, heeled, inclined, listed, slanted, sloped, tilted, tippedNear Antonyms of sheer gentle, gradual, moderate, soft; even, flat, flush, horizontal, level, plane, smooth, unruffled, unwrinkledAntonyms of sheer easy

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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