What does sheer mean?

Definitions for sheer
ʃɪərsheer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sheer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

  3. 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"

  4. 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"

  5. 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"

  6. sheer(adverb)

    cause to sheer

    "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

  7. sheer, perpendicularly(adverb)

    straight up or down without a break

  8. sheer(adverb)

    directly

    "he fell sheer into the water"

Wiktionary

  1. sheer(Noun)

    The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.

  2. sheer(Noun)

    An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

  3. sheer(Verb)

    To swerve from a course.

  4. sheer(Verb)

    To shear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheer(verb)

    bright; clear; pure; unmixed

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  2. Sheer(verb)

    very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  3. Sheer(verb)

    being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  4. Sheer(verb)

    stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  5. Sheer(adverb)

    clean; quite; at once

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  6. Sheer(verb)

    to shear

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  7. Sheer(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  8. Sheer(noun)

    the longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  9. Sheer(noun)

    the position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  10. Sheer(noun)

    a turn or change in a course

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  11. Sheer(noun)

    shears See Shear

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheer

    shēr, adj. pure: unmingled: simple: without a break, perpendicular.—adv. clear: quite: at once. [Ice. skærr, bright; Ice. skírr, A.S. scír.]

  2. Sheer

    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

  1. sheer

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4341

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Adjectives Frequency: #587

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sheer in a Sentence

  1. Varun Jewalikar and Nishant Verma:

    The aim is to compare the vocabulary size of these musicians, some of them have released a lot more songs than the others because of the sheer longevity of their career and how prolific they are.

  2. Hugh Grant:

    I have gusts of incredible enthusiasm, usually once I’ve signed up out of sheer panic, because if I’m bad, everyone is going to laugh at me. So I try bloody hard, go to enormous trouble to try and be as good as I can.

  3. Andrew Krowne:

    It's just a sheer overwhelming number of children versus adults, i'm not risking my children's safety.

  4. Donald Culross Peattie:

    Beauty is excrescence, superabundance, random ebulience, and sheer delightful waste to be enjoyed in its own right.

  5. Harper Lee:

    I can't say that (my reaction) was one of surprise. It was one of sheer numbness. It was like being hit over the head and knocked cold.

Images & Illustrations of sheer

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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
  • محضPersian
  • pystysuora, silkka, suora, äkkijyrkkä, puhdas, seitinohut, ohut, pelkkä, harsomainenFinnish
  • reinurFaroese
  • pur, transparent, verticalFrench
  • croghManx
  • निराHindi
  • puszta, teljes, merő, áttetsző, vékony, könnyűHungarian
  • טָהוֹרHebrew
  • 純粋, 透明Japanese
  • abruptumLatin
  • moteMāori
  • bratt, rett, ren, vertikal, ublandet, gjennomskinneligNorwegian
  • steil, klinkklaar, puur, recht, klaar, flinterdunDutch
  • ublanda, reinNorwegian Nynorsk
  • urwisty, przezroczysty, czystyPolish
  • direto, puro, fino, puraPortuguese
  • sadeaRomanian
  • настоя́щий, су́щий, чи́стый, вертика́льный, прозра́чный, отве́сный, отвесноRussian
  • proziran, прозиранSerbo-Croatian
  • čistý, číry, priesvitnýSlovak
  • சுத்தTamil
  • saf, inceTurkish

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