absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)
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"
plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)
not mixed with extraneous elements
"plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
bluff, bold, sheer(adj)
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"
diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby(verb)
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"
swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut(verb)
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
"The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
cause to sheer
"She sheered her car around the obstacle"
straight up or down without a break
"he fell sheer into the water"
The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.
To swerve from a course.
bright; clear; pure; unmixed
very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin
being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense
stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular
clean; quite; at once
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
the longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side
the position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it
a turn or change in a course
shears See Shear
Origin: [See Shear.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shēr, adj. pure: unmingled: simple: without a break, perpendicular.—adv. clear: quite: at once. [Ice. skærr, bright; Ice. skírr, A.S. scír.]
shēr, v.i. to deviate from the line of the proper course, as a ship: to turn aside.—n. the deviation from the straight line, or the longitudinal curve or bend of a ship's deck or sides.—ns. Sheer′-hulk, an old dismasted ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it for masting ships; Sheer′-leg, one of the spars.—n.pl. Sheers, an apparatus for hoisting heavy weights, having usually two legs or spars spread apart at their lower ends, and bearing at their tops, where they are joined, hoisting-tackle. [Perh. Dut. scheren, to cut, withdraw.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4341
Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Adjectives Frequency: #587
The numerical value of sheer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of sheer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
He has so much to offer. It's the sheer color and excitement of the paint which people respond to.
I certainly remember the sheer anxiety and terror of being in rehearsals, my hands bleeding through practice.
Beauty is excrescence, superabundance, random ebulience, and sheer delightful waste to be enjoyed in its own right.
Everybody can find their own Turner, he has so much to offer. It's the sheer color and excitement of the paint which people respond to.
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Translations for sheer
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- senkrecht, steil, pur, schier, bloß, rein, vertikal, durchsichtig, hauchdünn, transparentGerman
- vertical, escarpado, acantilado, puro, transparente, muy delgado, finoSpanish
- pystysuora, silkka, suora, äkkijyrkkä, puhdas, seitinohut, ohut, pelkkä, harsomainenFinnish
- pur, transparent, verticalFrench
- puszta, teljes, merő, áttetsző, vékony, könnyűHungarian
- 純粋, 透明Japanese
- bratt, rett, ren, vertikal, ublandet, gjennomskinneligNorwegian
- steil, klinkklaar, puur, recht, klaar, flinterdunDutch
- ublanda, reinNorwegian Nynorsk
- urwisty, przezroczysty, czystyPolish
- direto, puro, fino, puraPortuguese
- настоя́щий, су́щий, чи́стый, вертика́льный, прозра́чный, отве́сный, отвесноRussian
- proziran, прозиранSerbo-Croatian
- čistý, číry, priesvitnýSlovak
- saf, inceTurkish
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