• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sheers an apparatus for hoisting heavy weights, having usually two legs or spars spread apart at their lower ends, and bearing at their tops, where they are joined, hoisting-tackle
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  • Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington
    Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. Dut. scheren, to cut, withdraw.


In literature:

In sheer chagrin I took to silence and smoking.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
A very little longer and I believe he would actually have died from sheer overstrain, instead of from kestrel.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
There's a sheer drop of a hundred feet.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The only aspect of the powers above them has seemed to many noble spirits that of the sheer cynic.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
The sheer inhumanity of the thing made Rip's stomach tighten into a knot.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Anne eased off, sheered away, and wore ship for open sea.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Was she sheering off?
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
It's a long trail, winding through forest and desert, up hill and down, skirting sheer precipices and creeping through tunnels.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
To Jimmy it was sheer hypocrisy; he was not experienced enough to know that a person can commit an act and then convince himself that he hadn't.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Reluctantly, out of sheer gratitude, she dipped her handkerchief in the tepid drain, and bathed her face and hands.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It was a sheer waste of time.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Ruiz Rios's impassive face masked all emotion; Kendric's displayed frankly his sheer delight.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
They are silent, less from surprise than sheer stark terror.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
That is an attempt to overcome him with sheer weight.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
We saved nothing but the sheer essentials for light housekeeping.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
This chaperon was a motherly soul, and, in sheer kindliness of heart did much to make the situation easy.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
He rushed, for sheer decency, into a stuttering defense.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
We found the schooner by sheer luck before we perished.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
The boys wus sheer grit; good hands, mind you, but sudden-like.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
By sheer brilliancy of arms a whole country had been conquered by a single unsupported division.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley

In poetry:

And now I do not want to see
With clarity of view;
For while there's heaven hell may be
More tragically true:
Though dim may be Reality,
Sheer love shines through.
"Visibility" by Robert W Service
The silence ground my soul keen like a spear.
My bare thought, whetted as a sword, cut sheer
Through time and life and flesh and death, to clear
My way unto Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
I hear it now and I see it fly,
And a life in wrinkles again is stirred,
My heart shoots into the breast of the bird,
As it will for sheer love till the last long sigh.
"Youth In Age" by George Meredith
I have struggled up through the lightning's glare,
I have walked where the cliffs fell sheer
To a gorge below, but I breathed a prayer,
And my soul passed doubt and fear!
"Peaks" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
The Life is mystery; the Light is blind;
The Truth beyond our reach both daunts and fades;
The sheer perfection nowhere do we find;
The ideal sleeps, a secret, in the shades.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Love that still holds us with immortal power,
Yet cannot lift us to His realm of light;
Love that still shows us heaven for one brief hour
Only to daunt the heart with that sheer height;
"Victory" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

As the sheer volume of data maintained by organizations increases, the cost and complexity of eDiscovery is skyrocketing.
The sheer volume of music recalls the early days of punk in another way.
Donatella Versace presented a sheer-on-sheer couture collection in Paris this week, but actresses might come off like porn stars in some of these looks.
Making a forecast 11 months out about politics is sheer folly.
For sheer drama, the Arab Spring is a hard act to follow.
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog on what seemed to be sheer lunacy -- the inability to install Exchange 2007 SP2 in Windows domains running Windows Server 2008 R2.
And none of this will ease the grief in Senatobia, and the sheer pain of losing Mackala and her mom.
If you're looking to give up a little hint of skin this summer without being arrested or worrying about tan lines, then get into the trend of sheer fabrics.
Swanky Bubbles to Sheer.
Once they taste the sheer deliciousness of a Sugar Buzz cake, they will run back for seconds.
The semifinal round of the Horace Mann Insurance Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament was equal parts grit and sheer dominance.
Four years ago this week, Ted Kennedy changed history with the sheer force of his will.
Emma Bunton couldn't quite pull off her lace red dress, layering the sheer number over black threads.
Sometimes, sheer absurdity can be a beautiful thing to watch.
A parent of a second grader at the Connecticut elementary school where 27 people were killed including 18 children, describes his feelings of 'sheer terror' upon hearing of the incident.

In science:

The sheer conciseness of our formulation is remarkable.
Simple superamplitudes in higher dimensions
One of the ma jor problems is the sheer number of order p6 constants that contributes.
Chiral Perturbation Theory Beyond One Loop
One is to find the checks coming from the knowledge of the divergence structure and the Lagrangian at order p6 and the other is the sheer complexity of the calculations in terms of the size of the expressions.
Chiral Perturbation Theory Beyond One Loop
The radical increase in the amount of IT-generated data from physical, living and social systems brings about new challenges related to the sheer size of data.
Towards Distributed Petascale Computing
Not only in terms of formulating the required couplings across the scales or between multi-science models, but also in terms of the sheer computational complexity of such models.
Towards Distributed Petascale Computing
From the viewpoint of sheer statistics, one should use the highest energy neutrino beam which is practical for the physics to be addressed, since the cross section rises linearly with energy.
Neutrino Experiments
When the first microarray platforms were introduced in the early 90s, the most intriguing fact about them was the sheer number of genes that could be assayed simultaneously.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
We note that the sheer size of the data limits the kinds of analyses one can perform.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
Hot gas arises in bubbles around SNae, which is then sheered through turbulent diffusion, destroying the bubbles and stretching the hot absorbing gas into filaments that dissipate with time.
OVI Absorption in the Milky Way Disk, and Future Prospects for Studying Absorption at the Galaxy-IGM Interface
With nearly a hundred papers in print, and collaborations with no less than 48 authors, the sheer volume of his publication record makes trying to choose the appropriate highlights a difficult task.
The work of Fred Cohen
Moreover, the sheer presence of negatively charged or strongly-interacting weak mass-scale particles during BBN (Section 6) may lead to dramatic shifts in yields of light element through the catalytic phenomena.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Particle Dark Matter
The sheer abundance of experimental hadronic particle data is very large, and it takes considerable effort to obtain precise hadronic abundances and spectra.
Quo Vadis Strangeness? Strangeness - Open Questions
The parameters control the two main features of the distribution: width and sheerness.
Pair production in inhomogeneous fields
The free parameters control the two most essential features of the distribution, the width and the sheerness, which encode, in particular, the important contributions from the strongly delocalized virtual pairs.
Pair production in inhomogeneous fields
For general {b(n)}, this is the best there is at present, in terms of sheer ℓp properties of the perturbation.
Stability of Spectral Types for Jacobi Matrices Under Decaying Random Perturbations