- –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.–shear´er, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.