Sheer meaning

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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.

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Completely; altogether.
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Thin, fine, and translucent.

Sheer curtains; sheer chiffon.

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The definition of sheer is a quick and sudden turn.

An example of a sheer is a bicycle rider making an unexpected turn.

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A sudden change of course; abrupt turn; swerve.
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Almost perpendicular; steep.

Sheer rock cliffs.

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To swerve or cause to swerve from a course.
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Almost perpendicularly.
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A swerving or deviating course.
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To cause to sheer.
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One that is sheer, such as a curtain.
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To turn aside sharply from a course; swerve.
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The oblique heading or position of a ship riding at a single bow anchor.
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The upward curve of a ship's deck toward the bow and stern, as seen from the side.
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Very thin; transparent; diaphanous.
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Not mixed or mingled with anything else; pure.

Sheer ice.

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Absolute; downright; unqualified; utter.

Sheer persistence.

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Perpendicular or extremely steep, as the face of a cliff.
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Completely; utterly; outright.
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(textiles) Very thin or transparent.

Her light, sheer dress caught everyone's attention.

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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.

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Thin, fine material, or a curtain, etc. made of it.
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Shakespeare.

Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain.

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Being only what it seems to be; mere.

I think it is sheer genius to invent such a thing.

This poem is sheer nonsense.

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Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.

It was a sheer drop of 180 feet.

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Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.

Through technological wizardry and sheer audacity, Google has shown how we can transform the intellectual riches of our libraries [...] .

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(archaic) Clean; quite; at once.

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(nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
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(nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.
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(chiefly nautical) To swerve from a course.

A horse sheers at a bicycle.

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Perpendicularly or very steeply.
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Origin of sheer

  • 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 skærr)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably partly from Low German scheren to move to and fro (said of boats) and partly from Dutch scheren to withdraw sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English shere, scheere, schere, skere, from Old English *scÇ£re; merged with Middle English shire, schire, schyre, shir, from Old English scÄ«r (“clear, bright; brilliant, gleaming, shining, splendid, resplendent; pure") and Old Norse skírr (“pure, bright, clear"), both from Proto-Germanic *skÄ«riz (“pure, sheer") and *skairiz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱēy- (“luster, gloss, shadow"). Cognate with Danish skær, German schier (“sheer"), Dutch schier (“almost"), Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌴𐌹𐍂𐍃 (skeirs, “clear, lucid"). Outside Germanic, cognate to Albanian hirrë (“whey, serum").

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from Dutch scheren (“to move aside, skim"); see also shear.

    From Wiktionary