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)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"

  2. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixedadjective

    not mixed with extraneous elements

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

  3. 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"

  4. 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"

  5. 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"

  6. sheeradverb

    cause to sheer

    "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

  7. sheer, perpendicularlyadverb

    straight up or down without a break

  8. sheeradverb

    directly

    "he fell sheer into the water"

Wiktionary

  1. sheernoun

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

  2. sheernoun

    An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

  3. sheerverb

    To swerve from a course.

  4. sheerverb

    To shear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheerverb

    bright; clear; pure; unmixed

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  2. Sheerverb

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

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  3. Sheerverb

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

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  4. Sheerverb

    stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  5. Sheeradverb

    clean; quite; at once

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  6. Sheerverb

    to shear

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  7. Sheerverb

    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. Sheernoun

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

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  9. Sheernoun

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

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  10. Sheernoun

    a turn or change in a course

    Etymology: [See Shear.]

  11. Sheernoun

    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].

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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. Francis Dodsworth:

    The main problem that people wearing masks throws up is the sheer volume of people suddenly covering their faces, it could create opportunities for people who want to cover their face for nefarious reasons. They could potentially now do so without raising suspicion.

  2. Tim Frolich:

    They’re the people we turned to in a moment of sheer chaos to help us.

  3. Andrew Wyatt:

    Bill Cosby has vehemently proclaimed Bill Cosby innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against Bill Cosby, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof. Today, Bill Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate Bill Cosby conviction or warrant Bill Cosby a new trial.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

  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.

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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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