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sheer1

sheer1

 
 
pronunciation:
shir
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
inflections: sheerer, sheerest
definition 1: transparently thin or fine.
a sheer fabric
 
synonyms:
diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, transparent
antonyms:
opaque, thick
similar words:
airy, fine, hyaline, light, thin, translucent
definition 2: pure and total; unmixed with other substances, qualities, or the like.
accomplished by sheer talenta mile of sheer mudsheer terror
synonyms:
plain, pure, unadulterated
similar words:
absolute, complete, out-and-out, perfect, stark, thorough, total, unalloyed, unmitigated, unqualified, utter
definition 3: of a surface, almost or totally vertical; not sloping.
the sheer side of a building
synonyms:
bluff, precipitous, vertical
antonyms:
gradual, sloping
similar words:
abrupt, perpendicular, plumb, sharp, steep, upright
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: completely or absolutely.
I am sheer out of money.
synonyms:
absolutely, completely, entirely, quite, totally
similar words:
dead, downright, right, stark, wholly
derivations: sheerly (adv.), sheerness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words sheer and shear (to cut or trim) sound alike but have different meanings.