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sheer

adjective uk   /ʃɪər/ us    /ʃɪr/

sheer adjective (COMPLETE)

C1 [before noun] used to emphasize how very great, important, or powerful a quality or feeling is; nothing except: The suggestion is sheer nonsense. His success was due to sheer willpower/determination. It was sheer coincidence that we met.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

sheer adjective (STEEP)

C2 extremely steep; almost vertical: a sheer mountain side a sheer drop of 100 metresHills and mountains

sheer adjective (THIN)

describes clothing or material that is so thin, light, and delicate that you can see through it: sheer nylon tights She wore a dress of the sheerest silk.Light and weightlessThin and fine

sheer

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /ʃɪər/ us    /ʃɪr/
to change direction suddenly: I thought the boats were going to collide, but one sheered off/away at the last second.Changing direction
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