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  1. [adverb] straight up or down without a break
    Synonyms: perpendicularly

  2. [adverb] directly; "he fell sheer into the water"

  3. [verb] turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
    Synonyms: swerve, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut

  4. [verb] cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

  5. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: absolute, downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down

  6. [adjective] not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
    Synonyms: plain, unmingled, unmixed

  7. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: bluff, bold

  8. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, transparent, vaporous, cobwebby


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