To break sheer
Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster]

2. A turn or change in a course. [1913 Webster]

Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore. --Cooper. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. Shears See {Shear}. [1913 Webster]

{Sheer batten} (Shipbuilding), a long strip of wood to guide the carpenters in following the sheer plan.

{Sheer boom}, a boom slanting across a stream to direct floating logs to one side.

{Sheer hulk}. See {Shear hulk}, under {Hulk}.

{Sheer plan}, or {Sheer draught} (Shipbuilding), a projection of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane passing through the middle line of the vessel.

{Sheer pole} (Naut.), an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.

{Sheer strake} (Shipbuilding), the strake under the gunwale on the top side. --Totten.

{To break sheer} (Naut.), to deviate from sheer, and risk fouling the anchor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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