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.
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Origin of shear
OTHER WORDS FROM shearshear·er, nounshear·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shearshear sheer
Words nearby shear
Example sentences from the Web for shears
A good pair of shears should be heavy and sharp; this pair, which I use, is both.
And no, he did not come to clients' homes himself with a pair of shears to do the snipping to their personal specifications.
They worked together at quarter and center like a pair of shears.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron|J. W. Duffield
My mother and my aunt set to work with shears and needles and built me a suit of clothes out of the brown overcoat.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
As the beautiful roses fell beneath his shears, Mary caught up a tiny red rosebud.Mostly Mary|Mary Edward Feehan
The machine-shearing saves much wool, as it gets closer to the skin of the sheep and shears more evenly.Textiles|William H. Dooley
Mr. Austin Gilett passed in the company of two men whom Shears recognized as members of the English detective-force.The Blonde Lady|Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for shears (1 of 2)
- large scissors, as for cutting cloth, jointing poultry, etc
- a large scissor-like and usually hand-held cutting tool with flat blades, as for cutting hedges