1 perpendicular; very steep
a sheer cliff
2 (of textiles) so fine as to be transparent
3 prenominal absolute; unmitigated
4 Obsolete bright or shining
5 steeply or perpendicularly
6 completely or absolutely
7 any transparent fabric used for making garments
(Old English scir; related to Old Norse skirr bright, Gothic skeirs clear, Middle High German schir)
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