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Definitions of sheer

  1. 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. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. turn sharply; change direction abruptly; " The car cut to the left at the intersection"; " The motorbike veered to the right"
  5. straight up or down without a break
  6. not mixed with extraneous elements; " plain water"; " sheer wine"; " not an unmixed blessing"
  7. directly; " he fell sheer into the water"
  8. cause to sheer; " She sheered her car around the obstacle"
  9. To shear.
  10. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed.
  11. Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense.
  12. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
  13. Clean; quite; at once.
  14. 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.
  15. The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side.
  16. The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it.
  17. A turn or change in a course.
  18. Shears See Shear.
  19. Very thin or transparent; - applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin.
  20. Downright; utter; absolute; as, sheer folly; very thin or transparent: as, a sheer fabric; straight up and down; vertical; steep; as, a sheer precipice.
  21. Perpendicularly; straight.
  22. To turn aside from the proper course.
  23. Pure: unmingled: simple: without a break, perpendicular.
  24. Clear: quite: at once.
  25. To deviate from the line of the proper course, as a ship: to turn aside.
  26. The deviation from the straight line, or the longitudinal curve or bend of a ship's deck or sides.
  27. Clear; quite; vertically.
  28. Curve of a ship's deck or sides.
  29. Pure; mere; perpendicular.
  30. To turn from a course.
  31. To swerve; turn aside.
  32. Unmitigated; absolute; down right; perpendicular; steep.
  33. A swerving or curving.
  34. Pure; clear; unmingled; simple; thin; precipitous.
  35. 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.
  36. To slip or move aside. Sheer off, to move to a distance.
  37. Pure; separate from anything else; mere; unmingled.
  38. Perpendicular; straight up and down.
  39. The longitudinal curve or line which a ship's deck or sides presents to the eye.
  40. Among seamen, to deviate from the line of the proper course, as a ship when not well steered; to turn aside.
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Quotes of sheer

  1. The sheer force of the music calls for a wild audience reaction. – Emanuel Ax
  2. True as this is, it is also true that for one who won through there were many who gained nothing, and it was, and is, the sheer weight of numbers of those who failed of this that has made their influence on the modern life as pervasive and controlling as it is. – Ralph A. Cram
  3. The only thing I do worry about is that the more films I do the more visible I am going to become as a personality because of press and because of the sheer quantity of films. – Vincent D'Onofrio
  4. It's through sheer will that I can sing. – Harvey Fierstein
  5. Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in. – Gunter Grass
  6. So it's sheer terror, but then, this is the whole reason that we went so long to Doctor Simons, was to get rid of all these... mixed feelings that we had. – Betty Hill
  7. That was the big lesson for all of us. Everything was going great on paper, but we all became miserable because we were so caught up in the machinery of how you make that happen, it took away the sheer joy. – Susanna Hoffs
  8. I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  9. Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women. – Carroll O'Connor
  10. Sheer luck. I was lucky to have been born with cheekbones. – Suzy Parker
  11. So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation. – John Ratzenberger
  12. The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic. – Kenneth Tynan

Usage examples for sheer

  1. " It was sheer nonsense, of course, but-" " Oh, I don't know," said James. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  2. " It is good to hear you speak so," she said, with a smile that was of sheer relief. – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler
  3. Hence he is often wrong, and more often incomplete, from sheer lack of information. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  4. The angry crowd gave way in sheer astonishment. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  5. Below, the precipice plunged sheer to the bed of the ravine. – Dusty Star by Olaf Baker
  6. " We can't explain to Miss Birks now, but we can tell her some day that we went out of sheer necessity," argued Dulcie. – The School by the Sea by Angela Brazil
  7. To hold it by sheer merit so that this- this wouldn't- couldn't happen. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  8. But this was sheer reason again, and has no place in a fantastic romance. – The Quest of the Golden Girl by Richard le Gallienne
  9. She used to go out of her way sometimes to show her independence, and would do most silly things out of sheer bravado. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  10. From sheer force of habit he went into the card- room. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  11. " You gasped for sheer longing when I talked of Italy. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  12. We was obliged to sheer off. – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  13. Tiddy had by this time managed to get the dinner on the table, and the other two men, out of sheer pity, were helping him. – The Wishing-Ring Man by Margaret Widdemer
  14. And it was the kind to delight in not only for its wealth, so to speak, for all it held and hinted, but also for itself alone; it was a word of sheer beauty. – Missy by Dana Gatlin
  15. I am afraid that is what will have to be done, from sheer lack of ground to work upon. – A Bachelor's Dream by Mrs. Hungerford
  16. There never was so much to be done with wealth- so much sheer living to be got out of it, as there is to- day. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. At last he gave it up through sheer weariness. – Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day
  18. I believe this to be a sheer mistake. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  19. Suddenly I missed her by my side, and turning round saw a sight that made my heart beat with its sheer beauty. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke

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