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Main Entry: 1sheer
Pronunciation: primarystressshi(schwa)r
Function: adjective
Etymology: from earlier sheer "shining," from Middle English sheer "freed from guilt," probably from an early Norse word skærr "pure"
1 : very thin or transparent <sheer stockings>
2 a : being such to the fullest degree : UTTER <sheer nonsense> b : taken or acting apart from everything else <by sheer force>
3 : very steep : being almost straight up and down <a sheer drop to the sea>
synonym see STEEP
- sheerˇly adverb
- sheerˇness noun

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