Associations to the word «Sheer»


SHEER, adjective. (textiles) Very thin or transparent.
SHEER, adjective. (obsolete) Pure; unmixed.
SHEER, adjective. Being only what it seems to be; mere.
SHEER, adjective. Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.
SHEER, adjective. Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.
SHEER, adverb. (archaic) clean; quite; at once.
SHEER, noun. (nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
SHEER, noun. (nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.
SHEER, verb. (chiefly nautical) To swerve from a course.
SHEER, verb. (obsolete) To shear.

Dictionary definition

SHEER, verb. Turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right".
SHEER, verb. Cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle".
SHEER, adverb. Straight up or down without a break.
SHEER, adverb. Directly; "he fell sheer into the water".
SHEER, adjective. 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".
SHEER, adjective. Not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing".
SHEER, adjective. 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".
SHEER, adjective. 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".

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke