- A surname.
Variant of shear
transitive verbsheared, sheared or shorn, shearing
- 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.
- Dialectal to reap with a sickle
Origin of shearMiddle English scheren ; from Old English scieran, akin to German scheren ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source harvest
- to use a cutting tool, as shears, in trimming or cutting wool, shrubbery, metal, etc.
- 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
- Rare shears
- 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
Origin of shearME schere < OE scear