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 shearing
Contemporary Examples of shearing
Electoral losses have only driven the party further rightward, shearing it of its Northeastern wing.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
Historical Examples of shearing
When the price is low and the market dull at the time of shearing, there should not be too much haste in making sales.
Hogs and Tegs: the first shearing of sheep that have not been shorn as lambs.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
Then in the spring when the shearing, dipping, and all is done, we start for the range.
I will stay here until after the shearing, for it is a busy time and I might be of help.
Would you like to go East with Donald and me when we return to Boston after the shearing?
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.