shear

A shear is a cutting implement that looks like a long pair of scissors. Also like scissors, this form of the noun is usually plural. You can cut metal, prune a tree, or cut up a chicken with shears.

In farming, when you remove wool from a sheep, goat, or even a llama, you shear the animal. Most farmers shear their sheep once a year, but the timing varies from farm to farm. The verb shear also means to cause to break off or come apart with a cutting force. The wind during a storm can blow hard enough to shear the tiles off a roof.

Primary Meanings of shear

1.
vn
cut or cut through with shears
a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
2.
vn
become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain
(physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
Full Definitions of shear
1

v cut or cut through with shears

shear the wool off the lamb”
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut with shears

shear hedges”
Type of:
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

v shear the wool from

shear sheep”
Synonyms:
fleece
Type of:
shave, trim
cut closely

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

Type of:
edge tool
any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
2

v become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain

Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n (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”
Type of:
deformation
alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it

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