sheer

  • 1 Sheer — Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or… …

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  • 2 Sheer — Sheer, a. [OE. shere, skere, pure, bright, Icel. sk?rr; akin to sk[=i]rr, AS. sc[=i]r, OS. sk[=i]ri, MHG. sch[=i]r, G. schier, Dan. sk?r, Sw. sk[ a]r, Goth. skeirs clear, and E. shine. [root]157. See {Shine}, v. i.] 1. Bright; clear; pure;… …

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  • 3 Sheer — may refer to: *Sheer Music, a record label *Sheer curation, a lightweight approach to digital curation *Sheer (textile), for sheer textiles and fabrics *Sheer is a measure of longitudinal deck curvature in naval architecture.ee also*Shear *Shere… …

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  • 4 Sheer — Sheer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sheered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheering}.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See {Shear}.] To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a… …

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  • 5 sheer — sheer; sheer·ly; sheer·ness; tab·a·sheer; …

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  • 6 sheer — sheer1 [shir] vi. [var. of SHEAR, prob. infl. by Du or LowG scheren, to cut, deviate, warp away] to turn aside sharply from a course; swerve vt. to cause to sheer n. 1. a sudden change of course; abrupt turn; swerve 2. the oblique heading or… …

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  • 7 Sheer — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Gordy Sheer (* 1971), US amerikanischer Rennrodler Ireen Sheer (* 1949), deutsch britische Schlagersängerin Siehe auch: Scheer Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsk …

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  • 8 sheer — c.1200, exempt, free from guilt, later schiere thin, sparse (c.1400), from O.E. scir bright, clear, influenced by O.N. cognate scær bright, clean, pure, from P.Gmc. *skairijaz (Cf. O.S. skiri, O.Fris. skire, Ger. schier, Goth. skeirs clean, pure… …

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  • 9 sheer — [adj1] abrupt, steep arduous, erect, headlong, perpendicular, precipitate, precipitous, sideling, upright; concepts 490,581 Ant. moderate, slow sheer [adj2] utter, absolute altogether, arrant, blasted, blessed, complete, confounded, downright,… …

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  • 10 sheer — Ⅰ. sheer [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) nothing but; absolute: sheer hard work. 2) (of a cliff, wall, etc.) perpendicular or nearly so. 3) (of a fabric) very thin. ► ADVERB ▪ perpendicularly. DERIVATIVES …

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  • 11 Sheer — Sheer, adv. Clean; quite; at once. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 12 Sheer — Sheer, v. t. [See {Shear}.] To shear. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 13 sheer — adj 1 *pure, simple, absolute Analogous words: *outright, out and out, arrant, unmitigated 2 precipitous, abrupt, *steep Analogous words: perpendicular, *vertical …

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  • 14 sheer — index absolute (complete), mere, naked (lacking embellishment), outright, pure, stark, thorough, unmitigated …

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  • 15 Sheer — A term generally applied to very fine thin and transparent muslin types of fabric …

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  • 16 sheer|ly — «SHIHR lee», adverb. absolutely; thoroughly; quite: »Some of the audience may have come sheerly out of curiosity (Newsweek) …

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  • 17 sheer — sheer1 [ ʃır ] adjective ** 1. ) only before noun used for emphasizing the amount or degree of something: Maya succeeded through sheer hard work. the sheer size/volume etc. of something: We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work. sheer… …

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  • 18 sheer — I UK [ʃɪə(r)] / US [ʃɪr] adjective ** 1) [only before noun] used for emphasizing the amount or degree of something Maya succeeded through sheer hard work. the sheer size/volume etc of something: We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work.… …

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  • 19 sheer — 01. The rock climber was able to go up a [sheer] wall of rock using only the most basic equipment. 02. Drinking and driving is [sheer] stupidity, and it puts others needlessly at risk. 03. The woman was wearing a [sheer] black nightgown with… …

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  • 20 sheer — sheer1 [ʃıə US ʃır] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Old Norse skArr pure ] 1.) the sheer weight/size etc used to emphasize that something is very heavy, large etc the sheer weight/size etc of ▪ The sheer size of the country makes… …

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