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

extend, lengthen, elongate.

Quotes of shear

  1. In things a moderation keep; Kings ought to shear not skin, their sheep. – Robert Herrick
  2. I think I could sing and shear a few sheep at the same time. – Robert Plant
  3. It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them. – Tiberius

Usage examples for shear

  1. We have artful Dalilahs who shear us close. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. " Run this from the top of the front pole on out, ten or twelve feet, and stretch it over a couple of shear poles. – The Young Alaskans on the Missouri by Emerson Hough
  3. Another broken cutter here, that's two you've broke to- day, It's awful how such crawlers come to shear at Castlereagh. – The Man from Snowy River by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  4. Straightway I let shear my hair, and took the money in my coffer, about ten pounds of Tournais, and arrayed me like an esquire, and followed thee away to Paris, and found thee at the tomb of Ysore; and there I fell into company with thee, and we went together into Marseilles, and were there together seven years long, where I served thee unto my power as my rightful lord, and I hold for well spent all the service that I did thee. – Old French Romances by William Morris
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. And every Tammany man knew how to shear his sheep. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The machine shear is rapidly taking the place of the hand shear – Practical Angora Goat Raising by C. P. Bailey
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Don't it cut six inches on the rib of clear shear that. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  18. When they have made another good growth, shear them back again. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe

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