An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (complete)
a. puro
We were in the same place at the same time by sheer chance.Estuvimos en el mismo sitio a la misma vez por pura casualidad.
b. auténtico
Trying to cross the moor in this fog would be sheer madness.Pretender atravesar el páramo con esta niebla sería una auténtica locura.
c. verdadero
It is sheer nonsense to say that colors are subjective.Es una verdadera tontería decir que los colores son subjetivos.
2. (clear)
a. transparente
The model scandalized the media with the sheer top she wore to the Oscars.La modelo escandalizó a los medios con el top transparente que llevó a los premios Oscar.
b. fino
I like to have sheer curtains in the living room so that lots of light comes in.Me gusta tener cortinas finas en la sala para que entre mucha luz.
3. (steep)
a. escarpado
The east face of the mountain is sheer, nearly vertical.La cara oriental de la montaña es escarpada, casi vertical.
b. vertical
Stay over here for the picture; there's a sheer drop over there.Quédense acá para la foto; allá hay un precipicio vertical.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (straight down)
a. verticalmente
We jumped off a rock that rose sheer out of the lake.Brincamos de una roca que subía verticalmente desde el lago.
5. (completely)
a. completamente
The ship went sheer into the mist.El barco se adentró completamente en la niebla.
b. de lleno
When we came out onto the road, we ran sheer into a pack of wolves.Cuando salimos al camino, tropezamos de lleno con una manada de lobos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (to change course)
a. desviarse (nautical)
The helmsman wasn't watching his compass heading, and the ship sheered to the south.El timonel no estaba atento al rumbo que indicaba la brújula, y el barco se desvió hacia el sur.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pure, total)
a. puro(a), verdadero(a)
it's sheer madnesses una verdadera locura
2. (steep)
a. empinado(a), escarpado(a)
3. (stockings, fabric)
a. fino(a), transparente
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sheer [ʃɪəʳ]
sheerer (comparative)sheerest (superlative)
1 (absolute) puro; absoluto
this is sheer robbery
by sheer accident by sheer chance de pura casualidad
in sheer desperation en último extremo; by sheer hard work gracias simplemente al trabajo; the sheer impossibility of ... la total imposibilidad de ...
"Position of "puro"" See culture box in entry pure.
2 (transparent) transparente; fino
3 (precipitous) escarpado
it falls sheer to the sea baja sin obstáculo alguno hasta el mar; it rises sheer for 100 metres se levanta verticalmente unos 100 metros
sheer [ʃɪəʳ]
intransitive verb
to sheer away from a topic desviarse de un tema; evitar hablar de un tema
sheer off
(Náut) [+ship] desviarse; largarse;
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