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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sheer /ˈʃɪr/
 (a.)絕對的,全然的,徹底的,純粹的,透明的,峻峭的(vi.)躲開,躲避

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sheer, n.
 1. Naut. (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it.
 2. A turn or change in a course.
    Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.   --Cooper.
 3. pl. Shears See Shear.
 Sheer batten Shipbuilding, a long strip of wood to guide the carpenters in following the sheer plan.
 Sheer boom, a boom slanting across a stream to direct floating logs to one side.
 Sheer hulk. See Shear hulk, under Hulk.
 Sheer plan, or Sheer draught Shipbuilding, a projection of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane passing through the middle line of the vessel.
 Sheer pole Naut., an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.
 Sheer strake Shipbuilding, the strake under the gunwale on the top side. --Totten.
 To break sheer Naut., to deviate from sheer, and risk fouling the anchor.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sheer a.
 1. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed. Sheer ale.”
    Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain.   --Shak.
 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. “A sheer impossibility.”
    It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings to one's bow.   --M. Arnold.
 4. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.
    A sheer precipice of a thousand feet.   --J. D. Hooker.
 It was at least
 Nine roods of sheer ascent.   --Wordsworth.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sheer, adv. Clean; quite; at once. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sheer, v. t.  To shear. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sheer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sheered p. pr. & vb. n. Sheering.]  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.
 To sheer off, to turn or move aside to a distance; to move away.
 To sheer up, to approach obliquely.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 sheer
      adj 1: complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes
             used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom";
             "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out
             mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider";
             "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer
             persistence"; "sheer stupidity" [syn: absolute, downright,
              out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
      2: not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer
         wine"; "not an unmixed blessing" [syn: plain, unmingled,
          unmixed]
      3: 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" [syn: bluff, bold]
      4: 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" [syn: diaphanous,
          filmy, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, transparent,
          vaporous, cobwebby]
      adv 1: straight up or down without a break [syn: perpendicularly]
      2: directly; "he fell sheer into the water"
      v 1: turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the
           left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the
           right" [syn: swerve, curve, trend, veer, slue,
            slew, cut]
      2: cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"