Definition of Shear in English :

Define Shear in English

Shear meaning in English

Meaning of Shear in English

Pronunciation of Shear in English

Shear pronunciation in English

Pronounce Shear in English


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1. shear

(physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves

Example Sentences:
'the shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram'

2. shear

a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it


3. shear

cut with shears

Example Sentences:
'shear hedges'

4. fleece, shear

shear the wool from

Example Sentences:
'shear sheep'

5. shear

cut or cut through with shears

Example Sentences:
'shear the wool off the lamb'

6. shear

become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verbWord forms: shears, shearing, shearedWord forms: Australian and New Zealand shore, sheared or shorn
1. (transitive)
to remove (the fleece or hair) of (sheep, etc) by cutting or clipping
to cut or cut through (something) with shears or a sharp instrument
3. engineering
to cause (a part, member, shaft, etc) to deform or fracture or (of a part, etc) to deform or fracture as a result of excess torsion or transverse load
4. (transitive; often foll by of)
to strip or divest
to shear someone of power
5. (when intr, foll by through)
to move through (something) by or as if by cutting
6. Scottish
to reap (corn, etc) with a scythe or sickle
the act, process, or an instance of shearing
a shearing of a sheep or flock of sheep, esp when referred to as an indication of age
a sheep of two shears
a form of deformation or fracture in which parallel planes in a body or assembly slide over one another
10. physics
the deformation of a body, part, etc, expressed as the lateral displacement between two points in parallel planes divided by the distance between the planes
either one of the blades of a pair of shears, scissors, etc
a machine that cuts sheet material by passing a knife blade through it
a device for lifting heavy loads consisting of a tackle supported by a framework held steady by guy ropes

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verb transitiveWord forms: sheared, sheared or shorn, ˈshearing
to cut with shears or a similar sharp-edged instrument
to remove (the hair, wool, etc.) by cutting or clipping
to cut or clip the hair, wool, etc. from
to tear or wrench (off) by shearing stress
to move through as if cutting
to strip or divest (someone) of a power, right, etc.
6.  Dialectal
to reap with a sickle
verb intransitive
to use a cutting tool, as shears, in trimming or cutting wool, shrubbery, metal, etc.
b.  Dialectal
to use a sickle in reaping
to come apart or break under the action of shearing stress
to move by or as if by cutting
a.  Rare
a single blade of a pair of shears
a machine used in cutting metal, esp. sheet metal
the action, process, or result of shearing; specif., the shearing of wool from an animal
used in designating a sheep's age
a sheep of three shears
shearing stress
any strain or distortion in shape resulting from the action of shearing stress

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of shear
v. sheared, sheared or shorn (shôrn), shear·ing, shears
1. To remove (fleece or hair) by cutting or clipping.
2. To remove the hair or fleece from.
3. To cut with or as if with shears: shearing a hedge.
4. To divest or deprive as if by cutting: The prisoners were shorn of their dignity.
1. To use a cutting tool such as shears.
2. To move or proceed by or as if by cutting: shear through the wheat.
3. Physics To become deformed by shear force.
1. often shears
a. A pair of scissors.
b. Any of various implements or machines that cut with a scissorlike action.
2. The act, process, or result of shearing, especially when used to indicate a sheep's age: a two-shear ram.
3. Something cut off by shearing.
4. also sheers (shîrz) (used with a sing. or pl. verb) An apparatus used to lift heavy weights, consisting of two or more spars joined at the top and spread at the base, the tackle being suspended from the top.
5. Physics

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