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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shear(noun)

    (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"

  2. shear(verb)

    a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it

  3. shear(verb)

    cut with shears

    "shear hedges"

  4. fleece, shear(verb)

    shear the wool from

    "shear sheep"

  5. shear(verb)

    cut or cut through with shears

    "shear the wool off the lamb"

  6. shear(verb)

    become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain


  1. shear(Noun)

    a cutting tool similar to scissors, but often larger

  2. shear(Noun)

    the act of shearing, or something removed by shearing

  3. shear(Noun)

    a force that produces a shearing strain

  4. shear(Verb)

    To cut, originally with a sword or other bladed weapon, now usually with shears, or as if using shears.

  5. shear(Verb)

    To remove the fleece from a sheep etc by clipping

  6. shear(Verb)

    To deform because of shearing forces

  7. Origin: From scieran, from skeranan, from ker-. Cognate with Dutch scheren, German scheren, Norwegian skjære, Swedish skära; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek κείρω, Latin caro, Albanian harr, Lithuanian skìrti, Welsh ysgar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shear(verb)

    to cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth

  2. Shear(verb)

    to separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument; to cut off; to clip (something) from a surface; as, to shear a fleece

  3. Shear(verb)

    to reap, as grain

  4. Shear(verb)

    fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece

  5. Shear(verb)

    to produce a change of shape in by a shear. See Shear, n., 4

  6. Shear(verb)

    a pair of shears; -- now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See Shears

  7. Shear(verb)

    a shearing; -- used in designating the age of sheep

  8. Shear(verb)

    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

  9. Shear(verb)

    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

  10. Shear(verb)

    to deviate. See Sheer

  11. Shear(verb)

    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

  12. Origin: [OE. sheren, scheren, to shear, cut, shave, AS. sceran, scieran, scyran; akin to D. & G. scheren, Icel. skera, Dan. skire, Gr. . Cf. Jeer, Score, Shard, Share, Sheer to turn aside.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shear

    shēr, v.t. to cut or clip: to clip with shears or any other instrument: (Scot.) to reap with a sickle.—v.i. to separate, cut, penetrate: in mining, to make a vertical cut in the coal:—pa.t. sheared, (obs.) shore; pa.p. sheared or shorn.—n. a shearing or clipping: a strain where compression is answered by elongation at right angles: curve, deviation.—ns. Shear′-bill, the scissor-bill, cut-water, or black skimmer; Shear′er; Shear′-hog, a sheep after the first shearing; Shear′ing, the act or operation of cutting with shears: what is cut off with shears: (Scot.) the time of reaping: the process of preparing shear-steel: (geol.) the process by which shear-structure (q.v.) has been produced; Shear′ling, a sheep only once sheared; Shear′man, one whose occupation is to shear cloth; Shears (pl. and sing.), an instrument for shearing or cutting, consisting of two blades that meet each other: a hoisting apparatus (see Sheers): anything resembling shears, as even a pair of wings (Spens.); Shear′-steel, steel suitable for the manufacture of shears and other edge-tools; Shear′-struc′ture (geol.), a structure often seen in volcanic rocks, due to the reciprocal compression and elongation of various parts under great crust movements; Shear′-wa′ter, a genus of oceanic birds allied to the petrels, and varying from 8½ to 14 inches in length. [A.S. sceran; Ice. skera, to clip, Ger. scheren, to shave.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shear

    An iron spear, of three or more points, for catching eels.

Anagrams for shear »

  1. Asher, asher, earsh, hares, harse, hears, rheas, share

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shear in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shear in a Sentence

  1. Latin Proverb:

    It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.

  2. Chris Broyles:

    The tornadoes are being caused by supercell storms that are being driven by the strong wind shear.

  3. Dan Kottlowski:

    The hurricane remains in a very favorable environment for further intensification, including low vertical wind shear, deep moist unstable air and warm water.

  4. Stephanie Muldbergs:

    I went in to see Columbia University Shear. I filled out a lot of forms, and I filled out a form called' The Inventory of Complicated Grief,' on which I scored incredibly high.

  5. Phil Seymour:

    Rain is one thing, but if a pilot gets into wind shear and the currents are there, it will literally just push your aircraft onto the ground. There have been some incidents where aircraft have crashed when making their final approach.

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Translations for shear

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  • ustřihnout, stříhat, ostříhatCzech
  • schneiden, scheren, abschneidenGerman
  • cizallado, esquilar, tonsurar, cizalla, cizallar, cortar, tundir, distorsionarSpanish
  • کوتاه کردنPersian
  • viiltää, leikkautua, leike, leikkuu, leikkausvoima, keritä, leikata, keritsimet, leikkausFinnish
  • cisaillement, tondeuse, couper, cisailler, tonte, tondaison, cisailles, cisaille, tondreFrench
  • lomIrish
  • vág, levág, megnyírHungarian
  • memotongIndonesian
  • cizagarIdo
  • tagliare, tosareItalian
  • 剪断, 刈る, 切るJapanese
  • cirptLatvian
  • kutikutiMāori
  • afsnijden, knippen, afschuiven, afschuifkracht, scherenDutch
  • klipp, klippe, bøylesaksNorwegian
  • ciąć, strzyc, ścinać, ścinaniePolish
  • tosar, cortar, tosquiar, cisalhar, podaPortuguese
  • tundeRomanian
  • резать, стричьRussian
  • strigati, izviti, стригати, извити, исећи, isećiSerbo-Croatian
  • kırkmakTurkish

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