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sheer

1
any transparent fabric used for making garments

sheer

2
1. the upward sweep of the deck or bulwarks of a vessel
2. Nautical the position of a vessel relative to its mooring

sheer

[shir]
(geology)
A steep face of a cliff.
(navigation)
To swerve off course to avoid collision.
(naval architecture)
The curvature of a ship's deck from bow to stern, with the lowest point of the deck usually amidships.
References in classic literature ?
The result was what the reader has by this time guessed: the most magnificent idea that was ever conceived had to be abandoned, from sheer lack of a person with enterprise enough to carry it out.
It is all done out of sheer rectitude--out of a rectitude which is magnified to the point of the younger son believing that he has been RIGHTLY sold, and that it is simply idyllic for the victim to rejoice when he is made over into pledge.
He was more alive, there was an excitement in sheer being, an eager vehemence of soul, which made life now a trifle dull.
Joan, with a sigh, unbuckled her revolver-belt and hung it on the nail in the living- room, while Sheldon, who had been lurking about for the sheer joy of seeing her perform that particular home-coming act, sighed, too, with satisfaction.
"I sing so well," said he, "that sixteen native grasshoppers who have chirped from infancy, and yet got no house built of cards to live in, grew thinner than they were before for sheer vexation when they heard me."
She found him sitting upon the beach with his eyes ever filled with tears, and dying of sheer home sickness; for he had got tired of Calypso, and though he was forced to sleep with her in the cave by night, it was she, not he, that would have it so.
Ulysses' heart now began to fail him, and he said despairingly to himself, "Alas, Jove has let me see land after swimming so far that I had given up all hope, but I can find no landing place, for the coast is rocky and surf-beaten, the rocks are smooth and rise sheer from the sea, with deep water close under them so that I cannot climb out for want of foot hold.
His body was all swollen, and his mouth and nostrils ran down like a river with sea-water, so that he could neither breathe nor speak, and lay swooning from sheer exhaustion; presently, when he had got his breath and came to himself again, he took off the scarf that Ino had given him and threw it back into the salt {54} stream of the river, whereon Ino received it into her hands from the wave that bore it towards her.
Sheer Networks can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sheernetworks.com/.
Good candidates are frequently repelled by the sheer weight of the nominating process, since it is generally recognized that it frequently takes six months to a year just to find a qualified nominee willing to serve.
"Genius," Peake says, "is a much overused word, but if Jarman had genius, it resided as much in the sheer incandescence with which he existed as it did in the fruits of that existence." While that "sheer incandescence" is no longer here (Jarman died of AIDS-related causes in 1994), Jarman's art remains.
The sheer volume of people who reside in Harlem - 370,000 - is an attraction to retailers, but what is especially appealing is the growing affluence of the Afro-American population and the increased strength of the black middle class.