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Definition of 'sheer'

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  1. turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
       Synonyms: swerve curve trend veer slue slew cut
  2. cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: absolute downright out-and-out rank right-down
  2. not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
       Synonyms: plain unmingled unmixed
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: bluff bold
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: diaphanous filmy gauzy gauze-like gossamer see-through transparent vaporous vapourous cobwebby


  1. straight up or down without a break
       Synonyms: perpendicularly
  2. directly; "he fell sheer into the water"

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