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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.
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.
com)-- The revamped summer collection presents an array of new sheer pieces, including catsuits, lingerie, jumpsuits, rompers, dresses, tops and a host of accessories.
Gigi's hippy-esque sheer frock worn with a see-through jacket is too transparent for us.
Wife confessed of slaughtering husband with help of paramour: The DSP Daggar and SHO Daggar on Friday claimed MST Farida wife of killed Sheer Aalam of Torwarsak has confessed in the court of magistrate she was helped her paramour Abid of Malakand agency at room mid night after serving him sleeping pills in tea and produced hand cupped Abid before media in police station Daggar who also confessed of slaughtering Sheer Aalam with the help of his beloved Friday.
Make a light and lovely infinity scarf using sheer chiffon fabric.
USPRwire, Tue Jun 02 2015] Improving personal incomes of female consumers in China created higher and more diversified demand for sheer hosiery.