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shear

[ sheer ]
/ ʃɪər /
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verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.

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

noun

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Origin of shear

First recorded before 900; (verb) 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 verb
shearer, nounshearless, adjective
shear , 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
shearer, noun
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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Scientific 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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