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sheeradjective

us   /ʃɪr/
  • sheer adjective (COMPLETE)

[not gradable] not mixed with anything else; pure or complete: Some of those books are sheer magic.
  • sheer adjective (EXTREME)

[not gradable] (of size or weight) very large: The sheer size of the engine makes it difficult to transport.
  • sheer adjective (STEEP)

rising almost straight up or down; very steep: She hauled herself up the sheer slope of the mountain.
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"sheer" in British English

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sheeradjective

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.

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  • sheer adjective (STEEP)

C2 extremely steep; almost vertical: a sheer mountain side a sheer drop of 100 metres
  • sheer adjective (THIN)

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

sheerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ʃɪər/ us   /ʃɪr/
(Definition of sheer from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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