absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)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"
plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixedadjective
not mixed with extraneous elements
"plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
bluff, bold, sheeradjective
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, cobwebbyverb
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, cutverb
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
Etymology: [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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The longitudinal curve of a ship's decks or sides; the hanging of the vessel's side in a fore-and-aft direction. Also, a fishing-spear in use on the south coast. (See SHEAR.) Also, the position in which a ship is sometimes kept when at single anchor, in order to keep her clear of it [evidently from the Erse sheebh, to drift].
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
One cannot expect U.S. consular officers to conduct the equivalent of an FBI background investigation on every visa application; the sheer volume of applications they must review would preclude doing so.
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.
Those are two major population complexes, so Rajveer Purohit're going to see a lot [ of cases ] just by the sheer size of the population Rajveer Purohit're dealing with, the sad thing is that patients are usually embarrassed to go to the doctor or the emergency room.
Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.
Where brick and mortar grocery in India fails to muster scale, online can do it very, very quickly just by the sheer opportunity of reaching a number of people with much less investment.
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- transparent, bloß, schier, rein, pur, vertikal, steil, durchsichtig, hauchdünn, senkrechtGerman
- escarpado, acantilado, muy delgado, fino, puro, vertical, transparenteSpanish
- pystysuora, seitinohut, silkka, ohut, puhdas, äkkijyrkkä, pelkkä, harsomainen, suoraFinnish
- transparent, pur, verticalFrench
- teljes, puszta, áttetsző, könnyű, merő, vékonyHungarian
- 透明, 純粋Japanese
- gjennomskinnelig, bratt, rett, ren, vertikal, ublandetNorwegian
- recht, puur, klinkklaar, klaar, steil, flinterdunDutch
- rein, ublandaNorwegian Nynorsk
- czysty, urwisty, przezroczystyPolish
- pura, fino, direto, puroPortuguese
- отвесно, настоя́щий, отве́сный, прозра́чный, вертика́льный, чи́стый, су́щийRussian
- прозиран, proziranSerbo-Croatian
- priesvitný, číry, čistýSlovak
- ince, safTurkish
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