1 abrupt, headlong (archaic) perpendicular, precipitous, steep
2 absolute, arrant, complete, downright, out-and-out, pure, rank, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmitigated, unqualified, utter
3 (of fabrics) diaphanous, fine, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, thin, transparent
1 gentle, gradual, horizontal, moderate, slanting, sloping
3 coarse, heavy, impenetrable, opaque, thick
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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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