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Definition of sheer:

  1. A turn or change in a course.
  2. Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense.
  3. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed.
  4. Clean; quite; at once.
  5. Shears See Shear.
  6. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
  7. The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side.
  8. The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it.
  9. 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.
  10. To shear.
  11. Very thin or transparent; - applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin.


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