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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

This is part of the involuntary bargain we make with the world just by being alive. We get to experiences the splendor of nature, the beauty of art, the balm of love and the sheer joy of existence, always with the knowledge that illness, injury, natural disaster, or pure evil can end it in an instant for ourselves or someone we love.
Jeff Greenfield

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

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

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

From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.
Friedrich Engels
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Sheer Translations

sheer in Spanish is puro