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sheer

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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
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2 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course

  • the car sheered to avoid hitting the dog
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sheer

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1 very thin and easy to see through

  • we had to get window shades because passersby could see right through our sheer curtains
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3 having an incline approaching the perpendicular

  • the sheer slopes of the ravine
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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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