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Definition of Sheer

Sheer

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

Sheer Quotations

With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower.
Johnny Weissmuller

If you're healthy, if you don't get sick much, if you don't go to the doctor much or use your health insurance much, you are a genetic lottery winner. It has nothing to do with the way you live, nothing to do with doing the right things. It's just sheer luck, and you are gonna pay for that.
Rush Limbaugh

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
Oscar Wilde

I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles, and just the sheer physical toll it puts on one's knees and shoulders - no one wants to do it again. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job or go on vacation again and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds.
Tom Hanks
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Sheer Translations

sheer in Spanish is puro

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