shear
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ʃɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ʃiɹ/
  • (near-square merger) IPA: /ʃɛə/
Verb

shear (shears, present participle shearing; past sheared, past participle shorn)

  1. To cut, originally with a sword or other bladed weapon, now usually with shears, or as if using shears.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 68”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634 ↗:
      the golden tresses […] were shorn away
  2. To remove the fleece from a sheep etc by clipping.
  3. (physics) To deform because of forces pushing in opposite directions.
  4. (mathematics) To transform by displacing every point in a direction parallel to some given line by a distance proportional to the point’s distance from the line.
  5. (mining, intransitive) To make a vertical cut in the coal.
  6. (Scotland) To reap, as grain.
  7. (figurative) To deprive of property; to fleece.
Translations Translations Translations Noun

shear

  1. A cutting tool similar to scissors, but often larger.
    Synonyms: shears
    • short of the wool, and naked from the shear
  2. The act of shearing, or something removed by shearing.
    • After the second shearing, he is a two-shear ram; […] at the expiration of another year, he is a three-shear ram; the name always taking its date from the time of shearing.
  3. (physics) Forces that push in opposite directions.
  4. (mathematics) A transformation that displaces every point in a direction parallel to some given line by a distance proportional to the point’s distance from the line.
  5. (geology) The response of a rock to deformation usually by compressive stress, resulting in particular textures.
Translations Translations Translations Adjective

shear

  1. Misspelling of sheer

Shear
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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