shear / sheer

shear / sheer
   Shear means "to cut off": We shear sheep's wool in the spring and we shear the hedges in the summer.
   Sheer means "pure, unadulterated": Felicity found the amusement park a sheer pleasure. Sheer also means "transparent": Perry Winkle hung sheer curtains in the living room.

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  • shear / sheer —    Shear means to cut off : We shear sheep s wool in the spring and we shear the hedges in the summer.    Sheer means pure, unadulterated : Felicity found the amusement park a sheer pleasure. Sheer also means transparent : Perry Winkle hung sheer …   Confused words

  • shear-hulk — shearˈ hulk, shearˈleg see under ↑sheer2 • • • Main Entry: ↑shear sheerˈ hulk or shearˈ hulk noun 1. An old dismantled ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it 2. Popularly, a mere hulk, as if from ↑sheer1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • shear — shear, sheer Shear is a verb meaning ‘to remove by cutting’ or ‘to cut the wool off (a sheep)’, and has the past form sheared and the past participle shorn or (in the context of metal cutting) sheared. Sheer is an adjective describing a steep… …   Modern English usage

  • sheer — shear, sheer Shear is a verb meaning ‘to remove by cutting’ or ‘to cut the wool off (a sheep)’, and has the past form sheared and the past participle shorn or (in the context of metal cutting) sheared. Sheer is an adjective describing a steep… …   Modern English usage

  • sheer — sheer1 adjective 1》 nothing other than; unmitigated: sheer hard work. 2》 (of a cliff, wall, etc.) perpendicular or nearly so. 3》 (of a fabric) very thin. adverb 1》 perpendicularly. 2》 archaic completely; right. Derivatives sheerly adverb… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sheer — Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheer batten — Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheer boom — Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheer draught — Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheer hulk — Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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