Definitions of shear

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