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English adjective: sheer

1. sheer complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

SamplesAbsolute 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.

Synonymsabsolute, downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down


Antonymsincomplete, uncomplete

2. sheer not mixed with extraneous elements

SamplesPlain water.
Sheer wine.
Not an unmixed blessing.

Synonymsplain, unmingled, unmixed



3. sheer very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

SamplesA bluff headland.
Where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise.
A sheer descent of rock.

Synonymsbluff, bold



4. sheer so thin as to transmit light

SamplesA hat with a diaphanous veil.
Filmy wings of a moth.
Gauzy clouds of dandelion down.
Gossamer cobwebs.
Sheer silk stockings.
Transparent chiffon.
Vaporous silks.

Synonymscobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauze-like, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, transparent, vaporous, vapourous



English adverb: sheer

1. sheer straight up or down without a break


2. sheer directly

SamplesHe fell sheer into the water.

English verb: sheer

1. sheer (motion) turn sharply; change direction abruptly

SamplesThe car cut to the left at the intersection.
The motorbike veered to the right.

Synonymscurve, cut, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)turn

Narrower (hyponym)peel off, yaw

2. sheer (motion) cause to sheer

SamplesShe sheered her car around the obstacle.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

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