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Dictionary definition for: Sheer

1. (v) turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection" "The motorbike veered to the right"

2. (r) straight up or down without a break

3. (v) cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

4. (s) not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water" "sheer wine" "not an unmixed blessing"

5. (r) directly; "he fell sheer into the water"

6. (s) very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland" "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise" "a sheer descent of rock"

7. (s) so thin as to transmit light; "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"

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