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Sheer vs. Steep

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Sheeradjective

(textiles) Very thin or transparent.

‘Her light, sheer dress caught everyone’s attention.’;

Steepadjective

Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical.

‘a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep barometric gradient’;

Sheeradjective

(obsolete) Pure in composition; unmixed; unadulterated.

Steepadjective

(informal) expensive

‘Twenty quid for a shave? That's a bit steep.’;

Sheeradjective

(by extension) Downright; complete; pure.

‘I think it is sheer genius to invent such a thing.’; ‘This poem is sheer nonsense.’; ‘Through technological wizardry and sheer audacity, Google has shown how we can transform the intellectual riches of our libraries....’;

Steepadjective

(obsolete) Difficult to access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high.

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Sheeradjective

Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.

‘The army's sheer size made it impossible to resist.’;

Steepadjective

(of the rake of a ship's mast, or a car's windshield) resulting in a mast or windshield angle that strongly diverges from the perpendicular

‘The steep rake of the windshield enhances the fast lines of the exterior. [http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/uniontrib/20070303/news_lz1dd3maynard.html]’;

Sheeradjective

Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.

‘It was a sheer drop of 180 feet.’;

Steepnoun

The steep side of a mountain etc.; a slope or acclivity.

Sheeradverb

(archaic) Clean; quite; at once.

Steepnoun

A liquid used in a steeping process

‘Corn steep has many industrial uses.’;

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Sheernoun

A sheer curtain or fabric.

Steepnoun

A rennet bag.

Sheernoun

(nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.

Steepverb

(ambitransitive) To soak an item (or to be soaked) in liquid in order to gradually add or remove components to or from the item

‘They steep skins in a tanning solution to create leather.’; ‘The tea is steeping.’;

Sheernoun

(nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

Steepverb

(intransitive) To imbue with something.

‘a town steeped in history’;

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Sheerverb

To swerve from a course.

‘A horse sheers at a bicycle.’;

Steepadjective

Bright; glittering; fiery.

‘His eyen steep, and rolling in his head.’;

Sheerverb

(obsolete) To shear.

Steepadjective

Making a large angle with the plane of the horizon; ascending or descending rapidly with respect to a horizontal line or a level; precipitous; as, a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep declivity; a steep barometric gradient.

Sheeradjective

Bright; clear; pure; unmixed.

‘Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain.’;

Steepadjective

Difficult of access; not easily reached; lofty; elevated; high.

Sheeradjective

Very thin or transparent; - applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin.

Steepadjective

Excessive; as, a steep price.

Sheeradjective

Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense.

‘It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings to one's bow.’;

Steepverb

To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively.

‘Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep.’; ‘In refreshing dew to steepThe little, trembling flowers.’; ‘The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.’;

Sheeradjective

Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular.

‘A sheer precipice of a thousand feet.’; ‘It was at leastNine roods of sheer ascent.’;

Steepverb

To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping.

Sheeradverb

Clean; quite; at once.

Steepnoun

Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.

Sheerverb

To shear.

Steepnoun

A rennet bag.

Sheerverb

To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a horse sheers at a bicycle.

Steepnoun

A precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice.

‘We had on each side naked rocks and mountains broken into a thousand irregular steeps and precipices.’; ‘Bare steeps, where desolation stalks.’;

Sheernoun

The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side.

Steepnoun

a steep place (as on a hill)

Sheernoun

A turn or change in a course.

‘Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.’;

Steepverb

engross (oneself) fully;

‘He immersed himself into his studies’;

Sheernoun

Shears See Shear.

Steepverb

let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse;

‘steep the blossoms in oil’; ‘steep the fruit in alcohol’;

Sheerverb

turn sharply; change direction abruptly;

‘The car cut to the left at the intersection’; ‘The motorbike veered to the right’;

Steepadjective

having a sharp inclination;

‘the steep attic stairs’; ‘steep cliffs’;

Sheerverb

cause to sheer;

‘She sheered her car around the obstacle’;

Steepadjective

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation;

‘exorbitant rent’; ‘extortionate prices’; ‘spends an outrageous amount on entertainment’; ‘usorious interest rate’; ‘unconscionable spending’;

Sheeradjective

complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers;

‘absolute freedom’; ‘an absolute dimwit’; ‘a downright lie’; ‘out-and-out mayhem’; ‘an out-and-out lie’; ‘a rank outsider’; ‘many right-down vices’; ‘got the job through sheer persistence’; ‘sheer stupidity’;

Steepadjective

of a slope; set at a high angle;

‘note the steep incline’; ‘a steep roof sheds snow’;

Sheeradjective

not mixed with extraneous elements;

‘plain water’; ‘sheer wine’; ‘not an unmixed blessing’;

Sheeradjective

very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front;

‘a bluff headland’; ‘where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise’; ‘a sheer descent of rock’;

Sheeradjective

so thin as to transmit light;

‘a hat with a diaphanous veil’; ‘filmy wings of a moth’; ‘gauzy clouds of dandelion down’; ‘gossamer cobwebs’; ‘sheer silk stockings’; ‘transparent chiffon’; ‘vaporous silks’;

Sheeradverb

straight up or down without a break

Sheeradverb

directly;

‘he fell sheer into the water’;

Sheeradjective

nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis)

‘she giggled with sheer delight’; ‘it's been sheer hard work’;

Sheeradjective

(especially of a cliff or wall) perpendicular or nearly so

‘the sheer ice walls’;

Sheeradjective

(of a fabric) very thin; diaphanous

‘sheer white silk chiffon’;

Sheeradverb

perpendicularly

‘the ridge fell sheer, in steep crags’;

Sheeradverb

completely; right

‘she went sheer forward when the door was open’;

Sheernoun

a very fine or diaphanous fabric or article

‘she ditched her glossy sheers while pregnant’; ‘I put up the new curtains and sheers’;

Sheernoun

a sudden deviation from a course, especially by a boat.

Sheernoun

the upward slope of a ship's lines towards the bow and stern.

Sheerverb

(typically of a boat) swerve or change course quickly

‘the boat sheered off to beach further up the coast’;

Sheerverb

avoid or move away from an unpleasant topic

‘her mind sheered away from images she didn't want to dwell on’;

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