Origin of sheared
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 sheared
Contemporary Examples of sheared
There are sheared mink jackets with trailing trains that have been laser-cut so the fur looks almost like lace.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris
July 4, 2012
Historical Examples of sheared
The sheep were to be washed and sheared, too, and the awkward, weak-kneed calves to be fed.In the Valley
It sheared off heads so many, that it, and the ground it most polluted, were a rotten red.A Tale of Two Cities
The rock has been greatly crushed and sheared, and is much finer than No. 4.The Long Labrador Trail
It crisped the poor fellow to a cinder, and sheared the head of my comrade clean off.Slaves of Mercury
The blast was so close to his belly that it sheared away most of the landing gear.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
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.