shear

[ sheer ]
/ ʃɪər /

verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.

verb (used without object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. shea nut,
  2. shea tree,
  3. sheading,
  4. sheaf,
  5. shealing,
  6. shear force,
  7. shear legs,
  8. shear modulus,
  9. shear pin,
  10. shear strain

Origin of shear

before 900; (v.) Middle English sheren, Old English sceran, cognate with Dutch, German scheren, Old Norse skera; (noun) (in sense “tool for shearing”) Middle English sheres (plural), continuing Old English scērero, scēar, two words derived from the same root as the v.

Related formsshear·er, nounshear·less, adjective

Can be confusedshear sheer

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British Dictionary definitions for shear

shear

/ (ʃɪə) /

verb shears, shearing or sheared or Australian and NZ shore, sheared or shorn

noun

See also shears, shore 3

Derived Formsshearer, noun

Word Origin for shear

Old English sceran; related to Old Norse skera to cut, Old Saxon, Old High German skeran to shear; see share ²

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Word Origin and History for shear
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Science definitions for shear

shear

[ shîr ]

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.
See skew.
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