Definitions of shear

  1. shear the wool from; " shear sheep"
  2. edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
  3. ( 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"
  4. cut with shears, as of hedges
  5. cut or cut through with shears
  6. a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
  7. cut with shears; " shear hedges"
  8. To cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth.
  9. To separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument; to cut off; to clip ( something) from a surface; as, to shear a fleece.
  10. To reap, as grain.
  11. Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece.
  12. To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See Shear, n., 4.
  13. 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.
  14. To deviate. See Sheer.
  15. 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.
  16. A pair of shears; - now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See Shears.
  17. A shearing; - used in designating the age of sheep.
  18. 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.
  19. To cut or clip; to clip wool, etc., from.
  20. A machine for cutting metal.
  21. Sheared.
  22. Sheared or shorn.
  23. Shearing.
  24. To cut or clip: to clip with shears or any other instrument.
  25. To separate:- pa. t. sheared, ( obs.) shore; pa. p. sheared or shorn.
  26. SHEARER.
  27. To clip; clip with shears, or any instrument.
  28. To clip close with shears or scissors.
  29. To clip or cut off with shears; to separate by shears; to reap.
  30. To pierce by cutting. See Shears.
  31. To cut or clip from a surface with shears or scissors, as wool from sheep, or the nap upon cloth; in Scot., to reap.

Usage examples for shear

  1. Shear, swains, oh shear your softest sheep To swell his couch; for well I ween, He saved the realm who saved his Queen. – Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732) by Lewis Melville
  2. Shear sheep that have them, cry we still, But see that no man 'scape To drink of the sherry, That makes us so merry, And plump as the lusty grape. – Pastoral Poems by Nicholas Breton, Selected Poetry by George Wither, and Pastoral Poetry by William Browne (of Tavistock) by Nicholas Breton, George Wither, and William Browne (of Tavistock)
  3. We have artful Dalilahs who shear us close. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  4. When they have made another good growth, shear them back again. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  5. He gets, he told me, from his flock of ten thousand merinoes, an average of seven pounds per head of wool, and he does not shear any except the lambs, in the fall. – Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands by Charles Nordhoff
  6. The machine shear is rapidly taking the place of the hand shear. – Practical Angora Goat Raising by C. P. Bailey
  7. If I hadn't promised to let old Denny in on my Violet Hawtry show for the fall I'd be tempted to throw back everything, even 'The Rosie Posie Girl' and go gunning for potatoes or onions up on a Connecticut farm; but the show bug has bit Denny hard and I'll have to be the one to shear him and not leave it to any of the others. – Blue-grass and Broadway by Maria Thompson Daviess
  8. They pay the best price for this class of mohair, and it must be left to the individual to decide whether it pays him best to shear once or twice a year. – Practical Angora Goat Raising by C. P. Bailey
  9. The animal will shear about two or three pounds of fair mohair, which will be worth from twenty to thirty cents a pound. – Practical Angora Goat Raising by C. P. Bailey
  10. For it stirs him like a message from his station friends afar And he seems to sniff the ranges in the scent of wool and tar; And it takes him back in fancy, half in laughter, half in tears, To a sound of other voices and a thought of other years, When the woolshed rang with bustle from the dawning of the day, And the shear- blades were a- clicking to the cry of " Wool away!" – Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses by A. B. Paterson
  11. The unfortunate patriots had risen very early in the morning only to shear the wolf. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  12. At last they caught us, but we brought our guns to bear on them, which made them shear off for a time, yet they kept up a fire at us as long as they were in range. – Robinson Crusoe In Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
  13. Assurance of his own salvation had come to him one day when he was shearing sheep, and when, as he related often, finding himself on his knees to shear, he remained to pray. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller