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Definition 1: turn sharply; change direction abruptly - [verb of motion]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car cut to the left at the intersection
  • The motorbike veered to the right

Synonyms for sheer in the sense of this definition

(sheer is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(... is a kind of sheer ) leave a formation

(... is a kind of sheer ) swerve off course momentarily

"the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"

Definition 2: cause to sheer - [verb of motion]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She sheered her car around the obstacle

(sheer is a kind of ...) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Definition 3: directly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he fell sheer into the water

Definition 4: straight up or down without a break - [adverb denoting all]

Synonyms for sheer in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for sheer in the sense of this definition

(sheer is similar to ...) having every necessary or normal part or component or step

"a complete meal" "a complete wardrobe" "a complete set of the Britannica" "a complete set of china" "a complete defeat" "a complete accounting"

Definition 6: not mixed with extraneous elements - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • plain water
  • sheer wine
  • not an unmixed blessing

Synonyms for sheer in the sense of this definition

(sheer is similar to ...) free of extraneous elements of any kind

"pure air and water" "pure gold" "pure primary colors" "the violin's pure and lovely song" "pure tones" "pure oxygen"

Definition 7: very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bluff headland
  • where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise
  • a sheer descent of rock

Synonyms for sheer in the sense of this definition

(sheer is similar to ...) having a sharp inclination

"the steep attic stairs" "steep cliffs"

Definition 8: so thin as to transmit light - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sheer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for sheer in the sense of this definition

(sheer is similar to ...) of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

"thin wire" "a thin chiffon blouse" "a thin book" "a thin layer of paint"

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