I expect every moment to find her sheering off to the westward, and gradually getting us in her wake on a wind.
The skiff, designed as sheering had said for short hops, could not accommodate the extra weight and bulk of an airlock.
Well, here she comes, and we said she was going to try and shave us; but she didn't seem to be sheering off a bit.
The axe descended, sheering his haunches across, and he stretched out, working his great jaws convulsively.
The brig was sheering swiftly and giddily through a long, cresting swell.
He did not think she could reach the opposite bank, though the Enchantress was sheering that way to help her.
While the surgeon was preparing to go, and they were thus thrown off their guard, the stranger was seen to be sheering alongside.
Barely a hundred yards in width, it was shut in on either side by gloomy krantzes, sheering up almost from the level itself.
Though it was such a care-free storm, I confessed to a feeling of relief when I saw it sheering off to the south.
They resumed travel, sheering off to the right and keeping to the edge of the intersecting canuon.
c.1200, "exempt, free from guilt" (e.g. Sheer Thursday, the Thursday of Holy Week); later schiere "thin, sparse" (c.1400), from Old English scir "bright, clear, gleaming; translucent; pure, unmixed," and influenced by Old Norse cognate scær "bright, clean, pure," both from Proto-Germanic *skeran- (cf. Old Saxon skiri, Old Frisian skire, German schier, Gothic skeirs "clean, pure"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Sense of "absolute, utter" (sheer nonsense) developed 1580s, probably from the notion of "unmixed;" that of "very steep" (a sheer cliff) is first recorded 1800, probably from notion of "continued without halting." Meaning "diaphanous" is from 1560s. As an adverb from c.1600.
1620s, "deviate from course" (of a ship), of obscure origin, perhaps from Dutch scheren "to move aside, withdraw, depart," originally "to separate" (see shear (v.)). Related: Sheered; shearing. As a noun from 1660s.