shear´er

shear´er
shear «shihr», verb, sheared or (Archaic) shore, sheared or shorn, shear|ing, noun.
–v.t.
1. to cut with shears or scissors, especially in order to remove (wool or fleece): »

to shear wool from sheep.

2. to cut the wool or fleece from: »

The farmer sheared his sheep.

3. to cut close; cut off; cut: »

The storm drove the ship forward shearing its anchor line and setting it adrift.

4. to break by a force causing two parts or pieces to slide on each other in opposite directions: »

Too much pressure on the handles of the scissors sheared off the rivet holding the blades together.

5. Figurative. to strip or deprive as if by cutting: »

The assembly had been shorn of its legislative powers.

6. Dialect. to reap with a sickle.
–v.i.
1. to break by shearing force: »

Several bolts sheared, causing the floor to sag dangerously.

2. Dialect. to use a sickle on crops.
3. Archaic. to cut through something with the aid of a weapon.
–n.
1. the act or process of shearing.
2. that which is taken off by shearing.
3. one blade of a pair of shears.
4. a pair of shears.
5. any one of various machines for cutting metal, especially sheet metal.
6. a) a force causing two parts or pieces to slide on each other in opposite directions. b) the strain or deformation resulting from this; shearing stress.
[Old English sceran. Compare etym. under share1 (Cf.share), share2. (Cf.share)]
shear´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Shear — Shear, n. [AS. sceara. See {Shear}, v. t.] 1. A pair of shears; now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See {Shears}. [1913 Webster] On his head came razor none, nor shear. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Short of the wool, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shear — (sh[=e]r), v. t. [imp. {Sheared}or {Shore};p. p. {Sheared} or {Shorn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shearing}.] [OE. sheren, scheren, to shear, cut, shave, AS. sceran, scieran, scyran; akin to D. & G. scheren, Icel. skera, Dan. ski?re, Gr. ???. Cf. {Jeer},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shear — vb Shear, poll, clip, trim, prune, lop, snip, crop are comparable when they mean to cut off something (as a piece, an excrescence, or a limb). Shear is the most general word of this group; it usually implies the use of a sharp cutting instrument… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Shear — ist der Name folgender Personen: Rhonda Shear (* 1954), US amerikanische Schauspielerin und Moderatorin Tom Shear (* 1971), US amerikanischer Sänger und Musiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrere …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shear — [ʃıə US ʃır] v past tense sheared past participle sheared or shorn [ʃo:n US ʃo:rn] [T] [: Old English; Origin: scieran] 1.) to cut the wool off a sheep 2.) literary to cut off someone s hair ▪ Her long fair hair had been shorn …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shear — (v.) O.E. sceran, scieran (class IV strong verb; past tense scear, pp. scoren), from P.Gmc. *sker to cut (Cf. O.N., O.Fris. skera, Du. scheren, Ger. scheren to shear ), from PIE * (s)ker to cut, to scrape, to hack (Cf. Skt. krnati hurts, wounds,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shear — Shear, v. i. 1. To deviate. See {Sheer}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Engin.) To become more or less completely divided, as a body under the action of forces, by the sliding of two contiguous parts relatively to each other in a direction parallel to their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shear — shear, sheer Shear is a verb meaning ‘to remove by cutting’ or ‘to cut the wool off (a sheep)’, and has the past form sheared and the past participle shorn or (in the context of metal cutting) sheared. Sheer is an adjective describing a steep… …   Modern English usage

  • shear — ► VERB (past part. shorn or sheared) 1) cut the wool off (a sheep or other animal). 2) cut off with scissors or shears. 3) (be shorn of) be deprived or stripped of. 4) break off or cause to break off, owing to a structural strain. ► …   English terms dictionary

  • Shear — Shear. См. скол. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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