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1. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed. Sheer ale. Thou sheer, immaculate, and silver fountain. (Shak)

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

3. Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense. A sheer impossibility. It is not a sheer advantage to have several strings to one's bow. (M. Arnold)

4. Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular. A sheer precipice of a thousand feet. (J. D. Hooker) It was at least Nine roods of sheer ascent. (Wordsworth)

Origin: OE. Shere, skere, pure, bright, Icel. Skrr; akin to skirr, AS. Scir, OS. Skiri, MHG. Schir, G. Schier, Dan. Skr, Sw. Skar, Goth. Skeirs clear, and E. Shine. See Shine.

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Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... deliberately sit near my Grandpa as he flipped through the pages when I was kid. Same affect nowadays in coffee shops, for example. - Key strokes. Sheer delight for me. - I discovered a new one within the past year. In my yoga class, during savasana, the teacher will walk back and forth across ...

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by Soundstrue
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Sound and how the brain reacts to it
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Reasons for Skepticism on the Endosymbiosis?

... we find examples of similarity between eukaryotic mitochondria and bacterial cells, other cases also reveal stark differences. In addition, the sheer lack of a mechanistic basis for mitochondrial endosymbiotic assimilation ought to -- at the very least -- give us reason for caution and the expectation ...

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by SuperfluousAvatar
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Reasons for Skepticism on the Endosymbiosis?
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Re: Muscle Tension

... constant provided that the weight of the object you lift remains the same. While isometric contraction is characterize as contractions base on the sheer force and weight of different objects that was exerted with force. Hope I helped.

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by DocWillow
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Physiology
Topic: Muscle Tension
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Re: quick insulin question

... to know how insulin worked specifically. To be frank with you, I wasn't aware that the liver was directly affected in all of this. Just out of sheer curiosity (seeing as this conversation is definitely steering in that direction), would a lack of insulin cause your liver to "overwork?" ...

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by FeelGoodFlowerz
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Forum: Physiology
Topic: quick insulin question
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Re: What common ancestor do we share with other apes?

... characteristics - intelligence, tool use, bipedalism, etc etc. Judging evolution by human standards is understandable but fundamentally wrong. In sheer numbers, many other species are more successful. In terms of strength, weight for weight we're incredibly weak. It's only humans who, quite naturally ...

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by lilokie
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: What common ancestor do we share with other apes?
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