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Definition of 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

As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe - we are happiest when we are creating.
Gary Hamel

Festivals are fun for kids, fun for parents and offer a welcome break from the stresses of the nuclear family. The sheer quantities of people make life easier: loads of adults for the adults to talk to and loads of kids for the kids to play with.
Tom Hodgkinson

I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.
Kate Winslet

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest.
Bill Maher

Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends.
Philip Roth
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Sheer Translations

sheer in Spanish is puro
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