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Meaning of SHEAR

Pronunciation:  sheer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
  2. [n]  (physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves; "the shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram"
  3. [v]  cut with shears, as of hedges
  4. [v]  cut or cut through with shears
  5. [v]  shear the wool from; "shear sheep"

SHEAR is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: fleece
 See Also: clip, crop, cut, cut back, deformation, dress, edge tool, lop, prune, shave, snip, trim



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shear\, 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}, {Score}, {Shard}, {Share}, {Sheer} to turn
    1. To cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like
       instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth.
    Note: It is especially applied to the cutting of wool from
          sheep or their skins, and the nap from cloth.
    2. To separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument;
       to cut off; to clip (something) from a surface; as, to
       shear a fleece.
             Before the golden tresses . . . were shorn away.
    3. To reap, as grain. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
    4. Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece.
    5. (Mech.) To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See
       {Shear}, n., 4.
  2. \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}.
             On his head came razor none, nor shear. --Chaucer.
             Short of the wool, and naked from the shear.
    2. A shearing; -- used in designating the age of sheep.
             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.            --Youatt.
    3. (Engin.) An action, resulting from applied forces, which
       tends to cause two contiguous parts of a body to slide
       relatively to each other in a direction parallel to their
       plane of contact; -- also called {shearing stress}, and
       {tangential stress}.
    4. (Mech.) A strain, or change of shape, of an elastic body,
       consisting of an extension in one direction, an equal
       compression in a perpendicular direction, with an
       unchanged magnitude in the third direction.
    {Shear blade}, one of the blades of shears or a shearing
    {Shear hulk}. See under {Hulk}.
    {Shear steel}, a steel suitable for shears, scythes, and
       other cutting instruments, prepared from fagots of
       blistered steel by repeated heating, rolling, and tilting,
       to increase its malleability and fineness of texture.
  3. \Shear\, v. i.
    1. To deviate. See {Sheer}.
    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 plane of contact.