adjective sheerer, sheerest
- 1 (pure, absolute) (as intensifier) he did it out of sheer desperation/necessitylo hizo por pura desesperación/necesidadby sheer coincidencepor pura casualidadit was sheer bad luck that …fue por pura mala suerte que …his sheer ignorancesu ignorancia supinait's sheer nonsense to suggest that …es un verdadero disparate decir que …that would be sheer lunacy
no es más que un disparate decir que …eso sería una auténtica locurahe succeeded by sheer hard worklo logró a fuerza de trabajar sin treguathey were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the problemlos abrumaba la mera magnitud del problemaExample sentences
- Then began three months of hard work, and long nights mixed with sheer panic and pure delight that this project was becoming a reality.
- And that is how one man made a life for himself through hard work, sheer determination, and utter loyalty.
- He had risen in the ranks of the party by the sheer dint of his hard work and forthrightness.
- 2 (vertical)(cliff)
cortado a pico or a piqueExample sentences
- Whereas the canyon's south side is terraced and textured, the north walls are sheer cliffs.
- That tour became the stuff of legends when the guide walked us out the other end and stopped before a sheer cliff wall.
- Snails are why I grow strawberries in window boxes, not that a snail sees the sheer cliff of wall leading to the window ledge as anything but a challenge.
- 3 (fine)(stockings/nylon/fabric)
- The dress was white, with a sheer fabric over it.
- Bias-cut dresses in silk, satin and sheer fabrics fit the bill for affairs that require strap heels and heavy flirting.
- A sheer, a see-through or sheer fabric usually used as an inner drapery, gives a softening effect to window treatment.
- 1.1 (vertically) the cliffs rise sheer out of the sealos acantilados se yerguen verticalmente sobre el marit falls sheer in the seacae a pico or a pique hasta el mar1.2 (completely) (as intensifier)Example sentences
- On the other, a 200 ft - high-cliff fell sheer into scree slopes and the plain below.
- The hill rises sheer above me, going probably 100 feet up.
- On the far side was an impressive waterfall, thundering down some sixty feet into the lake from a huge cave in a mountain rising up sheer from the water's edge.
- (Nautical)desviarseExample sentences
- The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said the collision was caused by the training ship Arold - which had a qualified pilot on board, as well as three trainees and six crew - losing control when she suddenly sheered to port on a bend.
- But they say that the measures do not address the real problem of the bridge itself and have painted nightmare scenarios of fully laden petrol barges sheering off mudbanks close by and ploughing into it.
- River-users who had painted nightmare scenarios of fully laden petrol barges sheering off mud banks into the bridge welcomed the change of heart as a triumph for common sense.
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