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

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
Martin Luther King Jr.