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Meaning of SHEER

Pronunciation:  sheer

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  1. [adv]  directly; "he fell sheer into the water"
  2. [adv]  straight up or down without a break
  3. [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. [adj]  not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [v]  cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"
  7. [v]  turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"

SHEER is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bluff, bold, cobwebby, curve, cut, diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, perpendicularly, plain, pure, see-through, slew, slue, steep, swerve, thin, transparent, trend, unmingled, unmixed, vaporous, veer
 See Also: channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuvre, peel off, point, steer, turn, yaw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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; unmixed. ``Sheer ale.'' --Shak.
             Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain. --Shak.
    2. Very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as, sheer
    3. Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere;
       downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense. ``A sheer
       impossibility.'' --De Quincey.
             It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings
             to one's bow.                         --M. Arnold.
    4. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
             A sheer precipice of a thousand feet. --J. D.
             It was at least Nine roods of sheer ascent.
  2. \Sheer\, adv.
    Clean; quite; at once. [Obs.] --Milton.
  3. \Sheer\, v. t. [See {Shear}.]
    To shear. [Obs.] --Dryden.
  4. \Sheer\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sheered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sheering}.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See
    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.
    {To sheer off}, to turn or move aside to a distance; to move
    {To sheer up}, to approach obliquely.
  5. \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.
    2. A turn or change in a course.
             Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.
    3. pl. Shears See {Shear}.
    {Sheer batten} (Shipbuilding), a long strip of wood to guide
       the carpenters in following the sheer plan.
    {Sheer boom}, a boom slanting across a stream to direct
       floating logs to one side.
    {Sheer hulk}. See {Shear hulk}, under {Hulk}.
    {Sheer plan}, or {Sheer draught} (Shipbuilding), a projection
       of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane
       passing through the middle line of the vessel.
    {Sheer pole} (Naut.), an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just
       above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.
    {Sheer strake} (Shipbuilding), the strake under the gunwale
       on the top side. --Totten.
    {To break sheer} (Naut.), to deviate from sheer, and risk
       fouling the anchor.