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.
Origin of shear
Examples from the Web for shear
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of shear
Good father,” cried he, “I will shear sheep, but not wolves!
Rise and shear—this flock of mine have too much wool on them.
When the moon rises, I will call the flock you have to shear.
If you do not stop your impertinence, I will shear off your ears like cloth clippings!Funny Big Socks
Sarah L. Barrow
The boys would say they kept sheep to shear them and get the wool.Rollo on the Atlantic
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.