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sheer1 British & World English

Nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis)

sheer2 British & World English

(Typically of a boat) swerve or change course quickly

sheer3 British & World English

The upward slope of a ship’s lines towards the bow and stern

sheer1 English Thesaurus

he whistled at the sheer audacity of the plan

sheer2 English Thesaurus

the boat sheered off to beach further along the coast

sheerlegs British & World English

A hoisting apparatus made from poles joined at or near the top and separated at the bottom, used for masting ships, installing engines, and hauling heavy objects