- the action or process of cutting with or as with shears
- something cut off with shears, as the amount of wool cut from sheep
- Tending to cut or tear.
- Present participle of shear.
- The act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine, as the wool from sheep, or the nap from cloth.
- The product of the act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine.
- the whole shearing of a flock; the shearings from cloth
- Alternative form of shearling..
- (Scotland) The act or operation of reaping.
- The act or operation of dividing with shears.
- the shearing of metal plates
- The process of preparing shear steel; tilting.
- (mining) The process of making a vertical side cutting in working into a face of coal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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