shear: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (shēr), [key]
— v., n. sheared, sheared shorn, shear•ing,
- to cut (something).
- to remove by or as if by cutting or clipping with a sharp instrument: to shear wool from sheep.
- to cut or clip the hair, fleece, wool, etc., from: to shear sheep.
- to strip or deprive (usually fol. by of&hasp;): to shear someone of power.
- to reap with a sickle.
- to travel through by or as if by cutting: Chimney swifts sheared the air.
- to cut or cut through something with a sharp instrument.
- to progress by or as if by cutting: The cruiser sheared through the water.
- to become fractured along a plane as a result of forces acting parallel to the plane.
- to reap crops with a sickle.
- scissors of large size (usually used with pair of&hasp;).
- any of various other cutting implements or machines having two blades that resemble or suggest those of scissors.
- the act or process of shearing or being sheared.
- a shearing of sheep (used in stating the age of sheep): a sheep of one shear.
- the quantity, esp. of wool or fleece, cut off at one shearing.
- one blade of a pair of large scissors.
- Usually, Also calleda framework for hoisting heavy weights, consisting of two or more spars with their legs separated, fastened together near the top and steadied by guys, which support a tackle.
- a machine for cutting rigid material, as metal in sheet or plate form, by moving the edge of a blade through it.
- the tendency of forces to deform or fracture a member or a rock in a direction parallel to the force, as by sliding one section against another.
- the lateral deformation produced in a body by an external force, expressed as the ratio of the lateral displacement between two points lying in parallel planes to the vertical distance between the planes.
- shear (Thesaurus)