What does the word sheer mean?

Usage examples for sheer

  1. And you don't know what it's like to shake the bars of a cell at midnight and howl out of sheer madness to be off and away- somewhere, anywhere!" – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  2. But sheer, blind chance is always open to every one, and I'd like one try just to satisfy myself before we try your scheme. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  3. This I did, as far as my memory served, out of sheer charity. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams