Definitions of sheer

  1. To slip or move aside. Sheer off, to move to a distance.
  2. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed.
  3. Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense.
  4. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
  5. 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.
  6. Very thin or transparent; - applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin.
  7. To turn aside from the proper course.
  8. To deviate from the line of the proper course, as a ship: to turn aside.
  9. To turn from a course.
  10. To swerve; turn aside.
  11. cause to sheer; " She sheered her car around the obstacle"
  12. Among seamen, to deviate from the line of the proper course, as a ship when not well steered; to turn aside.
  13. The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side.
  14. The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it.
  15. A turn or change in a course.
  16. Shears See Shear.
  17. The deviation from the straight line, or the longitudinal curve or bend of a ship's deck or sides.
  18. Curve of a ship's deck or sides.
  19. A swerving or curving.
  20. The longitudinal curve or bend of a ship's deck or sides; the position an which a ship is sometimes kept at single anchor, to keep her clear of it.
  21. The longitudinal curve or line which a ship's deck or sides presents to the eye.
  22. straight up or down without a break
  23. directly; " he fell sheer into the water"
  24. Clean; quite; at once.
  25. Perpendicularly; straight.
  26. Clear: quite: at once.
  27. 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"
  28. Downright; utter; absolute; as, sheer folly; very thin or transparent: as, a sheer fabric; straight up and down; vertical; steep; as, a sheer precipice.
  29. Pure: unmingled: simple: without a break, perpendicular.
  30. Clear; quite; vertically.
  31. Pure; mere; perpendicular.
  32. Unmitigated; absolute; down right; perpendicular; steep.
  33. Pure; clear; unmingled; simple; thin; precipitous.
  34. Pure; separate from anything else; mere; unmingled.