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sheer 1

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

adj. sheer·er, sheer·est
1. Thin, fine, and translucent: 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.
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.
1. Almost perpendicularly.
2. Completely; altogether.
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.


(Placename) a port and resort in SE England, in N Kent at the junction of the Medway estuary and the Thames: administratively part of Queenborough in Sheppey since 1968


n (of cliffs)Steilheit f
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The sea-reach of the Thames is straight, and, once Sheerness is left behind, its banks seem very uninhabited, except for the cluster of houses which is Southend, or here and there a lonely wooden jetty where petroleum ships discharge their dangerous cargoes, and the oil-storage tanks, low and round with slightly-domed roofs, peep over the edge of the fore-shore, as it were a village of Central African huts imitated in iron.
The Channel Fleet will manoeuvre off Sheerness, waiting for it.
The Antwerp Night Mail makes her signal and rises between two racing clouds far to port, her flanks blood-red in the glare of Sheerness Double Light.
The warden was issuing the ticket in Sheerness High Street on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent on January 6 when the car's owner returned to the vehicle.
Mr Lawrence was left in "excruciating pain" after the attack in Sheerness, Kent, on January 6.
Greenpeacesaid its volunteers had used kayaks and boats to board the ship in the Thames Estuary in a bid to stop the vessel unloading at the southeastern port of Sheerness in Kent.
The Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust (the client) requires the services of an Architect Lead team (The Team) of designers and consultants.
The agreement has been signed on transition payments for the elimination of coal-fired emissions from the Sheerness Generating Station (Sheerness) on or before December 31, 2030.
Liberty House said the site at Sheerness in Kent will restart production of bar and rod products by mid-2017, employing scores of workers.
Epilepsy sufferer Frazer Higgins, 23, drove a pal's Renault Clio at 80mph through Sheerness, Kent.
This year's major event will be at Sheerness and Chatham in November for centenary commemorations of the sinking of the fifth HMS Bulwark in the Medway in 1914.
Three people have so far been taken to hospital following the blaze in Sheerness, Kent.