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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsheersheer1 /ʃɪə $ ʃɪr/ ●●○ adjective  1 the sheer weight/size etc2 sheer luck/happiness/stupidity etc3 VERTICALa sheer drop, cliff, slope etc is very steep and almost vertical4 TIMSEEsheer nylon, silk etc is very thin and fine, so that it is almost transparent sheer stockings
Examples from the Corpus
sheerFor sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all.Teetering on the sheer cliff, Tallis peered down at the river.The coastguard duties included patrolling paths at the top of high and sheer cliffs - not a job for the faint-hearted.The coastguard patrols paths at the top of high and sheer cliffs.sheer curtainsTennis courts lit pointlessly except to inform the driver of the sheer dimension of the leisure complex burst into life.I stood at the edge of the old chalk quarry, with a sheer drop of ten or twenty metres below me.What he lacked in aesthetic grace Bob Willis made up in speed, determination and sheer guts.For the rest of the programme was sheer hagiography.Immense and sheer, the mountains emerge from a fog of silk.