shaped or completed by or as if by shearing.
trimmed to an even, symmetrical, or uniform length, as fur, shrubbery, etc.:
a sheared muskrat coat.
verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing.
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 followed by of):
to shear someone of power.
Chiefly Scot. to reap with a sickle.
to travel through by or as if by cutting:
Chimney swifts sheared the air.
verb (used without object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing.
to cut or cut through something with a sharp instrument.
to progress by or as if by cutting:
The cruiser sheared through the water.
Mechanics, Geology. to become fractured along a plane as a result of forces acting parallel to the plane.
Chiefly Scot. to reap crops with a sickle.
Usually, shears. (sometimes used with a singular verb)
scissors of large size (usually used with pair of).
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, especially of wool or fleece, cut off at one shearing.
one blade of a pair of large scissors.
Usually, shears. (usually used with a plural verb). Also, sheers. Also called shear legs, sheerlegs. a 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.
Mechanics, Geology. 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.
Physics. 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.
verb shears, shearing, sheared (Austral & NZ) shore, sheared, shorn
(transitive) to remove (the fleece or hair) of (sheep, etc) by cutting or clipping
to cut or cut through (something) with shears or a sharp instrument
(engineering) to cause (a part, member, shaft, etc) to deform or fracture or (of a part, etc) to deform or fracture as a result of excess torsion or transverse load
(transitive) often foll by of. to strip or divest: to shear someone of his power
when intr, foll by through. to move through (something) by or as if by cutting
(Scot) to reap (corn, etc) with a scythe or sickle
the act, process, or an instance of shearing
a shearing of a sheep or flock of sheep, esp when referred to as an indication of age: a sheep of two shears
a form of deformation or fracture in which parallel planes in a body or assembly slide over one another
(physics) the deformation of a body, part, etc, expressed as the lateral displacement between two points in parallel planes divided by the distance between the planes
either one of the blades of a pair of shears, scissors, etc
a machine that cuts sheet material by passing a knife blade through it
a device for lifting heavy loads consisting of a tackle supported by a framework held steady by guy ropes
A force, movement or pressure applied to an object perpendicular to a given axis, with greater value on one side of the axis than the other. See more at shear force, stress, strain.
noun 1. Moira (Moira Shearer King) 1926–2006, British ballerina.
- Shear force
shear force Force acting on a substance in a direction perpendicular to the extension of the substance, as for example the pressure of air along the front of an airplane wing. Shear forces often result in shear strain. Resistance to such forces in a fluid is linked to its viscosity. Also called shearing force.
noun 1. (Sir) George Albert, 1919–2011, English jazz pianist and composer. verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing. 1. to cut (something). 2. to remove by or as if by cutting or clipping with a sharp instrument: to shear wool from sheep. 3. to cut or clip the hair, fleece, wool, etc., from: […]
- Shearing gang
noun 1. (NZ) a group of itinerant workers who contract to shear, class, and bale a farmer’s wool clip