shear´er


shear´er
shear «shihr», verb, sheared or (Archaic) shore, sheared or shorn, shear|ing, noun.
–v.t.
1. to cut with shears or scissors, especially in order to remove (wool or fleece): »

to shear wool from sheep.

2. to cut the wool or fleece from: »

The farmer sheared his sheep.

3. to cut close; cut off; cut: »

The storm drove the ship forward shearing its anchor line and setting it adrift.

4. to break by a force causing two parts or pieces to slide on each other in opposite directions: »

Too much pressure on the handles of the scissors sheared off the rivet holding the blades together.

5. Figurative. to strip or deprive as if by cutting: »

The assembly had been shorn of its legislative powers.

6. Dialect. to reap with a sickle.
–v.i.
1. to break by shearing force: »

Several bolts sheared, causing the floor to sag dangerously.

2. Dialect. to use a sickle on crops.
3. Archaic. to cut through something with the aid of a weapon.
–n.
1. the act or process of shearing.
2. that which is taken off by shearing.
3. one blade of a pair of shears.
4. a pair of shears.
5. any one of various machines for cutting metal, especially sheet metal.
6. a) a force causing two parts or pieces to slide on each other in opposite directions. b) the strain or deformation resulting from this; shearing stress.
[Old English sceran. Compare etym. under share1 (Cf.share), share2. (Cf.share)]
shear´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.