The definition of sheer is to make a sudden and sharp turn.(verb)
An example of sheer is turning your car sharply in order to keep from hitting a deer in the road.
The definition of sheer is a quick and sudden turn.(noun)
An example of a sheer is a bicycle rider making an unexpected turn.
Sheer is defined as a very thin, or extremely steep.(adjective)
See sheer in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: var. of shear, prob. infl. by Du or LowG scheren, to cut, deviate, warp away
Origin: ME schere, prob. var. of scere, free, exempt < ON skærr, bright, clear, akin to Ger schier: for IE base see shine
See sheer in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intr. & tr.v. sheered, sheer·ing, sheers
Origin: Probably partly from Low German scheren, to move to and fro (said of boats)
Origin: , and partly from Dutch scheren, to withdraw; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
adjective sheer·er, sheer·est
Origin: Obsolete shere, thin, clear
Origin: , partly from Middle English shir, bright, clear (from Old English scīr)
Origin: and partly from Middle English skir, bright, clean (from Old Norse skǽrr).
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