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sheer 1

 (shîr)
intr. & tr.v. sheered, sheer·ing, sheers
To swerve or cause to swerve from a course.
n.
1. A swerving or deviating course.
2.
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.

[Probably partly from Low German scheren, to move to and fro (said of boats), and partly from Dutch scheren, to withdraw; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

sheer 2

 (shîr)
adj. sheer·er, sheer·est
1. Thin, fine, and translucent: sheer curtains; sheer chiffon. See Synonyms at airy.
2.
a. Completely such, without qualification or exception: sheer stupidity; sheer happiness.
b. Free from admixture or adulterants; unmixed: sheer alcohol.
c. Considered or operating apart from anything else: got the job through sheer persistence.
3. Almost perpendicular; steep: sheer rock cliffs. See Synonyms at steep1.
adv.
1. Almost perpendicularly.
2. Completely; altogether.
n.
One that is sheer, such as a curtain.

[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).]

sheer′ly adv.
sheer′ness n.

sheer

(ʃɪə)
adj
1. perpendicular; very steep: a sheer cliff.
2. (of textiles) so fine as to be transparent
3. (prenominal) absolute; unmitigated: sheer folly.
4. obsolete bright or shining
adv
5. steeply or perpendicularly
6. completely or absolutely
n
(Textiles) any transparent fabric used for making garments
[Old English scīr; related to Old Norse skīrr bright, Gothic skeirs clear, Middle High German schīr]
ˈsheerly adv
ˈsheerness n

sheer

(ʃɪə)
vb
1. to deviate or cause to deviate from a course
2. (intr) to avoid an unpleasant person, thing, topic, etc
n
3. (Nautical Terms) the upward sweep of the deck or bulwarks of a vessel
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical the position of a vessel relative to its mooring
[C17: perhaps variant of shear]

sheer1

(ʃɪər)

adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.
1. transparently thin; diaphanous, as some fabrics: sheer stockings.
2. unmixed with anything else; unadulterated: sheer rock; sheer luck.
3. unqualified; utter: sheer nonsense.
4. extending down or up very steeply; almost completely vertical: a sheer descent.
5. Obs. bright; shining.
adv.
6. completely; quite: drove sheer off the road.
7. perpendicularly; vertically; down or up very steeply.
n.
8. a thin, diaphanous fabric or garment.
[1175–1225]
sheer′ly, adv.
sheer′ness, n.

sheer2

(ʃɪər)

v.i.
1. to deviate from a course, as a ship; swerve.
v.t.
2. to cause to sheer.
n.
3. a deviation or divergence, as of a ship from its course.
4. the fore-and-aft upward curve of the hull of a vessel at the main deck or bulwarks.
5. the position in which a ship at anchor is placed to keep it clear of the anchor.
[1620–30; perhaps identical with shear]

sheer


Past participle: sheered
Gerund: sheering

Imperative
sheer
sheer
Present
I sheer
you sheer
he/she/it sheers
we sheer
you sheer
they sheer
Preterite
I sheered
you sheered
he/she/it sheered
we sheered
you sheered
they sheered
Present Continuous
I am sheering
you are sheering
he/she/it is sheering
we are sheering
you are sheering
they are sheering
Present Perfect
I have sheered
you have sheered
he/she/it has sheered
we have sheered
you have sheered
they have sheered
Past Continuous
I was sheering
you were sheering
he/she/it was sheering
we were sheering
you were sheering
they were sheering
Past Perfect
I had sheered
you had sheered
he/she/it had sheered
we had sheered
you had sheered
they had sheered
Future
I will sheer
you will sheer
he/she/it will sheer
we will sheer
you will sheer
they will sheer
Future Perfect
I will have sheered
you will have sheered
he/she/it will have sheered
we will have sheered
you will have sheered
they will have sheered
Future Continuous
I will be sheering
you will be sheering
he/she/it will be sheering
we will be sheering
you will be sheering
they will be sheering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sheering
you have been sheering
he/she/it has been sheering
we have been sheering
you have been sheering
they have been sheering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sheering
you will have been sheering
he/she/it will have been sheering
we will have been sheering
you will have been sheering
they will have been sheering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sheering
you had been sheering
he/she/it had been sheering
we had been sheering
you had been sheering
they had been sheering
Conditional
I would sheer
you would sheer
he/she/it would sheer
we would sheer
you would sheer
they would sheer
Past Conditional
I would have sheered
you would have sheered
he/she/it would have sheered
we would have sheered
you would have sheered
they would have sheered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sheer - turn sharplysheer - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
peel off - leave a formation
yaw - swerve off course momentarily; "the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"
2.sheer - cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"
channelise, channelize, guide, maneuver, steer, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, head, direct - direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
Adj.1.sheer - complete and without restriction or qualificationsheer - complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"
complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"
2.sheer - not mixed with extraneous elementssheer - not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
3.sheer - very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"
steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
4.sheer - so thin as to transmit lightsheer - so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
Adv.1.sheer - straight up or down without a break
2.sheer - directly; "he fell sheer into the water"

sheer

adjective
2. steep, abrupt, perpendicular, precipitous There was a sheer drop just outside my window.
steep gentle, gradual, horizontal, sloping, slanting

sheer 1

verb
To turn aside sharply from a straight course:
Nautical: yaw.

sheer 2

adjective
1. So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film:
3. Free from extraneous elements:
4. So sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular:
Translations
شَفّاف، رَهيفعَموديعَمودِيّامُجَرَّدمُطْلَق ، مَحْض، صِرْف
absolutníčirýodchýlit sepřímo vzhůrustrmý
dreje aflodretrenstejltynd
pelkkä
potpun
algerbreyta um stefnulóîréttnæfuròunnuròverhníptur
全くの
완전한
absolūtsgluži nejaušikraujikraujšnogriezties
skrajen
skir
เต็มที่
tamyön değiştirmekçok incedimdikdimdik olarak
hoàn toàn

sheer

1 [ʃɪəʳ]
A. ADJ (sheerer (compar) (sheerest (superl)))
1. (= absolute) → puro, absoluto
by sheer accident; by sheer chancede pura casualidad
in sheer desperationen último extremo
by sheer hard workgracias simplemente al trabajo
the sheer impossibility ofla total imposibilidad de ... PURE
2. (= transparent) → transparente, fino
3. (= precipitous) → escarpado
B. ADV it falls sheer to the seabaja sin obstáculo alguno hasta el mar
it rises sheer for 100 metresse levanta verticalmente unos 100 metros
sheer off VI + ADV (Naut) [ship] → desviarse (fig) → largarse

sheer

2 [ʃɪəʳ] VI to sheer away from a topicdesviarse de un tema, evitar hablar de un tema

sheer

[ˈʃɪər]
adj
(= pure) [boredom, delight, desperation, madness, stupidity] → pur(e), pur(e) et simple
It's sheer greed → C'est de l'avidité pure.
by sheer chance → par pur hasard
(= steep) [cliff, drop, rock face] → à pic abrupt(e)
(= almost transparent) [fabric, tights] → très fin(e)

sheer

adj (+er)
(= absolute)rein; nonsense, madnessrein, glatt; stupidityrein, schier; by sheer force of personalityaufgrund or auf Grund seiner Persönlichkeit; by sheer chancerein zufällig; by sheer hard workdurch nichts als harte Arbeit; the sheer impossibility of doing thatdie schiere Unmöglichkeit, das zu tun; it was sheer helles war die (reinste) Hölle (inf)
(= steep) cliff, dropsteil, jäh (geh); there is a sheer drop of 200 feetes fällt 200 Fuß steil or senkrecht ab
cloth etc(hauch)dünn, (hauch)zart; sheer nylon stockingshauchdünne Nylonstrümpfe pl
advsteil, jäh (geh); (= vertically)senkrecht
vi (Naut) → ausscheren

sheer

1 [ʃɪəʳ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (utter, madness, greed) → puro/a; (waste of time) → totale; (necessity) → assoluto/a
that's sheer robbery! → è un furto bello e buono!
the sheer impossibility of ... → l'assoluta impossibilità di...
by sheer chance, by a sheer accident → per puro caso or pura combinazione
b. (transparent) → trasparente
c. (precipitous) → a picco
a sheer drop → uno strapiombo

sheer

2 [ʃɪəʳ] vi (also to sheer off) (gen) (Naut) → deviare

sheer1

(ʃiə) adjective
1. absolute. Her singing was a sheer delight; It all happened by sheer chance.
2. very steep. a sheer drop to the sea.
3. (of cloth) very thin. sheer silk.
adverb
verticaly. The land rises sheer out of the sea.

sheer2

(ʃiə) : sheer off/away
to turn aside or swerve. The speed-boat sheered off course.

sheer

مُجَرَّد absolutní ren rein αμιγής puro pelkkä pur potpun puro 全くの 완전한 doorzichtig ren czysty completo абсолютный skir เต็มที่ tam hoàn toàn 全然的
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Slowly Goosal walked along the rocky trail, on one side a sheer rock, towering a hundred feet or more toward the sky.
As, blind and deaf, the whale plunged forward, as if by sheer power of speed to rid himself of the iron leech that had fastened to him; as we thus tore a white gash in the sea, on all sides menaced as we flew, by the crazed creatures to and fro rushing about us; our beset boat was like a ship mobbed by ice-isles in a tempest, and striving to steer through their complicated channels and straits, knowing not at what moment it may be locked in and crushed.
When my harness was taken off I did not know what I should do first -- whether to eat the grass, or roll over on my back, or lie down and rest, or have a gallop across the meadow out of sheer spirits at being free; and I did all by turns.
And so, in sheer terror, the orchestra would strike up again, and Marija would return to her place and take up her task.
Right on behind they came; and, nerved with strength such as God gives only to the desperate, with one wild cry and flying leap, she vaulted sheer over the turbid current by the shore, on to the raft of ice beyond.
The view, looking sheer down into the broad valley, eastward, from this great elevation--almost a perpendicular mile--was very quaint and curious.
But he felt less and less hopeful with each failure, and presently began to turn off into diverging avenues at sheer random, in desperate hope of finding the one that was wanted.
Emma Jane and Rebecca ran nearly every step of the way, from sheer excitement, only stopping to breathe at the stiles.
Here is the consequence of being buried alive: she has thrown herself away upon that boor from sheer ignorance that better individuals existed
She ran out of the room, and Mary stood by the fire and twisted her thin little hands together with sheer pleasure.
They ha ve got Frank by the scruff of the neck -- he can't wriggle himself free -- and he makes a merit of yielding to sheer necessity.
In a school carried on by sheer cruelty, whether it is presided over by a dunce or not, there is not likely to be much learnt.