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What does "Sheer" mean?

Definition

(adv.) Clean; quite; at once (n.) A turn or change in a course (n.) Shears See Shear (n.) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side (n.) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it (v. i.) Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense (v. i.) Bright; clear; pure; unmixed (v. i.) Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular (v. i.) To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a horse sheers at a bicycle (v. i.) Very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin (v. t.) To shear


Synonyms cut, bold, trend, pure, rank, plain, slew, steep, absolute, transparent, bluff, gossamer, thin, curve, veer, swerve, diaphanous, slue, downright, filmy, gauzy, vaporous, out-and-out, see-through, cobwebby, perpendicularly, unmixed, right-down, unmingled


Example: "She sheered her car around the obstacle" Example: "Sheer wine" Example: "A sheer descent of rock" Example: "Sheer silk stockings" Example: "He fell sheer into the water"


Word Family sheerness