Drop it when I tell you and let the kedge go after she sheers!
I should not be far off then; there went but a pair of sheers and a bodkin between us.
They had two triangle or sheer masts; these sheers were composed of two long poles.
When the plates are thin enough, make them red hot once more, and cut them into small bits with a pair of sheers.
Sheer′-hulk, an old dismasted ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it for masting ships; Sheer′-leg, one of the spars.
She contrives to let him know that she is free, and the youth, whose pet hobby is hopeless passion, at once sheers off in alarm.
When she had tane the mantle, And all was with it cladde, From top to toe it shiver'd down, As tho' with sheers beshradde.
The sheers were got up, and then an endeavour was made to hoist a sail on them, to beat the ship off the shore.
Ralli soon had a pair of sheers rigged, and in due time one of the guns was slung ready for hoisting.
The next time the boat rises she does not come well alongside, she rather falls short and sheers off.
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.