See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.
“The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped waste there.”
Open, theories and reducing the chance of corruption.
Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.
“His reasons for the decision were transparent.”
Having the property of transparency, i.e. sufficiently accurate that the compressed result is perceptually indistinguishable from the uncompressed input.
Very thin or transparent.
“Her light, sheer dress caught everyone’s attention.”
Pure in composition; unmixed; unadulterated.
Downright; complete; pure.
“I think it is sheer genius to invent such a thing.”
“This poem is sheer nonsense.”
“Through technological wizardry and sheer audacity, Google has shown how we can transform the intellectual riches of our libraries….”
Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.
“The army’s sheer size made it impossible to resist.”
Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.
“It was a sheer drop of 180 feet.”
Clean; quite; at once.
A sheer curtain or fabric.
The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.
To swerve from a course.
“A horse sheers at a bicycle.”
nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis)
“she giggled with sheer delight”
“it’s been sheer hard work”
(especially of a cliff or wall) perpendicular or nearly so
“the sheer ice walls”
(of a fabric) very thin; diaphanous
“sheer white silk chiffon”
“the ridge fell sheer, in steep crags”
“she went sheer forward when the door was open”
a very fine or diaphanous fabric or article
“she ditched her glossy sheers while pregnant”
“I put up the new curtains and sheers”
a sudden deviation from a course, especially by a boat.
the upward slope of a ship’s lines towards the bow and stern.
(typically of a boat) swerve or change course quickly
“the boat sheered off to beach further up the coast”
avoid or move away from an unpleasant topic
“her mind sheered away from images she didn’t want to dwell on”