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1  —as in:
a sheer blouse
Definition typically of fabric:  very thin and delicate — often transparent
  • In the kitchen, I want sheer curtains that I can see through.
sheer = so thin and delicate as to be transparent
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She likes sheer silk stockings.
  • sheer = so thin and delicate as to be transparent
  • At work, the blouse is too sheer to wear without a coat.
  • sheer = thin and delicate
  • I wore jeans, a large gray T-shirt, and steel-toed boots; the other girls wore black leotards and sheer, shimmering skirts, white tights and tiny ballet shoes the color of taffy.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • sheer = thin and delicate
  • He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • sheer = thin
  • Whatever bravery or skill I had ever shown were gifts of God—sheer loans from Him of the talent needed to do a job.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Beside him stands a Tribal girl clad in sheer, rose-colored robes, their hems embroidered with tiny round mirrors.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I grab at the sheer blue curtain panels and yank them until the rod snaps and the curtains fall around me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • sheer = typically of fabric:  very thin and delicate — often transparent
  • It's made of super-sheer plastic, and as I wrap it around my body, securing it at the waist with a knot, I'm fully aware that you can still see pretty much everything including the outline of my underwear—through its fabric.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • sheer = thin and transparent
  • The sheer fabric softly glows.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
sheer = thin and delicate

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2  —as in:
sheer fun
Definition complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = pure (completely by)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was a demonstration of sheer stupidity.
  • sheer = complete
  • For a while sheer anger mastered me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • sheer = complete and without restriction
  • We can do nothing else, it is a sheer necessity.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • sheer = complete
  • Everyone was rather amazed at the sheer size of the gift.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • sheer = total (used for emphasis)
  • Did you think they were dying from the pleasure of your exertions? From the sheer transported bliss?
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • sheer = pure (without other reasons)
  • It's a tranquillity born of sheer immensity; it calms with its very magnitude, which renders the merely human of no consequence.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • sheer = pure (used for emphasis)
  • I looked up to see Miss Caroline standing in the middle of the room, sheer horror flooding her face.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • sheer = complete
  • Suddenly he began writing in sheer panic, only imperfectly aware of what he was setting down.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • sheer = complete (used for emphasis)
  • Most of my writing time is spent on the notes which I keep in a separate folder, but from time to time I feel it necessary to put down my moods and my thoughts out of sheer habit.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
sheer = pure — without other reasons

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3  —as in:
a sheer cliff
Definition so steep it is almost vertical
  • Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A sheer cliff drops from the lighthouse to the sea.
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • It was a sheer drop of ten or twenty metres, with boulders at the bottom.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • A fountain of books sprang down upon Montag as he climbed shuddering up the sheer stairwell.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • [of the Thumb] Its great north wall, which had never been climbed, rises sheer and clean for six thousand feet from the glacier at its base, twice the height of Yosemite's El Capitan.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • So they proceeded after that as if they were climbing a dangerous mountain, until the rocks became an uncompromising cliff, overhung with impossible jungle and falling sheer into the sea.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • sheer = so steeply as to be almost vertical
  • To the west was a great valley, and then, rising far away, great jagged mountain fastnesses, rising peak on peak, the sheer rock studded with mountain ash and thorn, whose roots clung in cracks and crevices and crannies of the stone.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • The hem of her dress drips; her shoes squelch out water; to both sides rise sheer walls.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • From that point there was a sheer drop, for the cliff was slightly undercut, and even Gollum could not find a hold of any kind.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
  • In ROTC, he had done multiple rope courses, rappelling down sheer cliffs.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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4  —as in:
sheered to the left
Definition change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
  • The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The boat sheered toward the whale and silenced the engines drifting forward until it was about 100 yards away.
  • sheered = turned sharply
  • "How shall I know Sea Cow when I meet him?" said Kotick, sheering off.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • sheering = changing direction quickly
  • ...and when one tried to get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh, unpleasant matter.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • sheered = abruptly changed direction
  • Sometimes he sheered off the subject, or turned the conversation by pretending not to understand, but generally he answered all I asked most frankly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • sheered = change direction abruptly
  • The ponderous walls sheered away from the river.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Beyond Bernardino Link sheered off the road and put the car to a long, low-rising slope.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Her gown was as thin as Mama's sheers in the dining room.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • The boat sheered out with a rush, and the hunter steadied it to a parallel course some twenty feet from the side of the Ghost.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • I sheered her well inshore—the water being deepest near the bank, as the sounding-pole informed me.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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