adjective sheerer, sheerest
- 1 (pure, absolute) (as intensifier) he did it out of sheer desperation/necessityby sheer coincidencelo hizo por pura desesperación/necesidadit was sheer bad luck that …por pura casualidadhis sheer ignorancefue por pura mala suerte que …it's sheer nonsense to suggest that …su ignorancia supinathat would be sheer lunacyes un verdadero disparate decir que …no es más que un disparate decir que …he succeeded by sheer hard workeso sería una auténtica locurathey were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the problemlo logró a fuerza de trabajar sin tregualos 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)muy finoExample sentences
- 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) See examples: the cliffs rise sheer out of the seait falls sheer in the sealos acantilados se yerguen verticalmente sobre el mar1.2 (completely) (as intensifier)cae a pico or a pique hasta el marExample 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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