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shear legs

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noun (usually used with a plural verb)

shear(def 16).

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Nearby words

sheading, sheaf, shealing, shear, shear force, shear legs, shear modulus, shear pin, shear strain, shear strength, shear stress
Also sheerlegs.

Origin of shear legs

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shear legs

  • The shoots were supported by shear-legs and ropes, and were supplied with water from a centrifugal pump in the engine room.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7|Various
  • Another variety of loader is formed of three shear-legs with block and tackle.