sheer ( sheerer comparative) ( sheerest superlative )
1 adj You can use sheer to emphasize that a state or situation is complete and does not involve or is not mixed with anything else.
ADJ n (emphasis)
His music is sheer delight..., Sheer chance quite often plays an important part in sparking off an idea.
2 adj A sheer cliff or drop is extremely steep or completely vertical.
usu ADJ n
There was a sheer drop just outside my window...
3 adj Sheer material is very thin, light, and delicate.
...sheer black tights.
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