a.1.Bright; clear; pure; unmixed.
Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain.
- Shak.
2.Very thin or transparent; - applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin.
3.Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense.
It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings to one's bow.
- M. Arnold.
4.Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
A sheer precipice of a thousand feet.
- J. D. Hooker.
It was at least
Nine roods of sheer ascent.
- Wordsworth.
adv.1.Clean; quite; at once.
v. t.1.To shear.
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Sheered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sheering.]
To sheer off
to turn or move aside to a distance; to move away.
To sheer up
to approach obliquely.
n.1.(Naut.) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side.
2.A turn or change in a course.
Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.
- Cooper.
3.Shears See Shear.
Sheer batten
(Shipbuilding) a long strip of wood to guide the carpenters in following the sheer plan.
Sheer boom
a boom slanting across a stream to direct floating logs to one side.
Sheer hulk
See Shear hulk, under Hulk.
Sheer plan
(Shipbuilding) a projection of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane passing through the middle line of the vessel.
Sheer pole
(Naut.) an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.
Sheer strake
(Shipbuilding) the strake under the gunwale on the top side.
To break sheer
(Naut.) to deviate from sheer, and risk fouling the anchor.
- Totten.
Verb1.sheer - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
Synonyms: slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, curve, cut
2.sheer - cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"
Adj.1.sheer - 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"
2.sheer - not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
Synonyms: unmingled, unmixed, plain
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"
Synonyms: bluff, bold
4.sheer - 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"
Adv.1.sheer - straight up or down without a break
Synonyms: perpendicularly
2.sheer - directly; "he fell sheer into the water"
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Sheer batten
Sheer boom
Sheer draught
Sheer hulk
Sheer plan
Sheer pole
Sheer strake
Sheet anchor
sheet bend
Sheet cable
Sheet chain
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