verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.
verb (used without object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.
- 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.
- shea nut,
- shea tree,
- shear force,
- shear legs,
- shear modulus,
- shear pin,
- shear strain
Origin of shear
Examples from the Web for shear
“There was way too much taking the Democratic line on this,” Shear said.Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and More Sunday Talk||February 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He's a fool that marries at Yule; for when the bairn's to bear the corn's to shear.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
In some sections of the country it is thought advisable to shear twice a year.Practical Angora Goat Raising|C. P. Bailey
The English clergy groaned beneath foreign prelates introduced, not to feed, but to shear the flocks.The House of Walderne|A. D. Crake
Shear wire pistols were used in the operation of the Livens projector.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
The joke, however, is on the experimenters who have reported concrete very strong in shear.Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design|Edward Godfrey
verb shears, shearing or sheared or Australian and NZ shore, sheared or shorn
Word Origin for shear
Old English sceran, scieran (class IV strong verb; past tense scear, past participle scoren) "to cleave, hew, cut with a sharp instrument; cut (hair); shear (sheep)," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian skera, Dutch scheren, German scheren "to shear"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (cf. Sanskrit krnati "hurts, wounds, kills," krntati "cuts;" Hittite karsh- "to cut off;" Greek keirein "to cut, shear;" Latin curtus "short;" Lithuanian skiriu "to separate;" Old Irish scaraim "I separate;" Welsh ysgar "to separate," ysgyr "fragment").
"act of clipping," 1610s, also as a unit of measure of the age of a sheep, from shear (v.). Scientific and mechanical sense "type of strain" is from 1850.