- Sheer is defined as a very thin, or extremely steep.
- An example of sheer is the veil covering the face of a bride on her wedding day.
- An example of sheer is the front of a cliff that goes straight up and down.
- The definition of sheer is a quick and sudden turn.
An example of a sheer is a bicycle rider making an unexpected turn.
- The definition of sheer is to make a sudden and sharp turn.
An example of sheer is turning your car sharply in order to keep from hitting a deer in the road.
Origin: var. of shear, probably influenced, influence by Dutch or Low German scheren, to cut, deviate, warp away
- a sudden change of course; abrupt turn; swerve
- the oblique heading or position of a ship riding at a single bow anchor
- the upward curve of a ship's deck toward the bow and stern, as seen from the side
- very thin; transparent; diaphanous: said of textiles
- not mixed or mingled with anything else; pure: sheer ice
- absolute; downright; unqualified; utter: sheer persistence
- perpendicular or extremely steep, as the face of a cliff
Origin: Middle English schere, probably variant, variety of scere, free, exempt from Old Norse skærr, bright, clear, akin to German schier: for Indo-European base see shine
- completely; utterly; outright
- perpendicularly or very steeply
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intr. & tr.v. sheered, sheer·ing, sheers
- A swerving or deviating course.
- Nautical a. The upward curve or amount of upward curve of the longitudinal lines of a ship's hull as viewed from the side.b. The position in which a ship at anchor is maintained in order to keep it clear of the anchor.
Origin: Probably partly from Low German scheren, to move to and fro (said of boats), and partly from Dutch scheren, to withdraw; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
adjective sheer·er, sheer·est
- Thin, fine, and transparent: sheer curtains; sheer chiffon. See Synonyms at airy.
- a. Completely such, without qualification or exception: sheer stupidity; sheer happiness.b. Free from admixture or adulterants; unmixed: sheer alcohol. See Synonyms at pure.c. Considered or operating apart from anything else: got the job through sheer persistence.
- Almost perpendicular; steep: sheer rock cliffs. See Synonyms at steep1.
- Almost perpendicularly.
- Completely; altogether.
Origin: Obsolete shere, thin, clear, partly from Middle English shir, bright, clear (from Old English scīr) and partly from Middle English skir, bright, clean (from Old Norse skǽrr).
- sheerˈly adverb
- sheerˈness noun