Part of speech: verb

To swerve; turn aside.

Part of speech: adjective

Unmitigated; absolute; down right; perpendicular; steep.

Part of speech: noun

A swerving or curving.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams.