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 shorn
Contemporary Examples of shorn
Even shorn of all that gratuitous nudity, though, Drive He Said would be far from a masterpiece.Jack Nicholson Deserves a Better Biography Than This
October 31, 2013
The facades of two six-story buildings have been shorn off, allowing a glimpse into wrecked apartments.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon
October 30, 2012
Shorn of the details Romney seldom discusses, his drumbeat appeal is simple.Mitt Romney Is a Lot Like Thomas E. Dewey, the Equivocating Loser to Truman
June 18, 2012
The hair was shorn after the gassings, then efficiently dried in the crematoria so it could be industrially spun into carpeting.My Visit To Hell
January 30, 2009
Historical Examples of shorn
God, who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, will watch over you!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
You'll be shorn like a lamb one of these days, with your benevolence.The Fortune of the Rougons
Though they may be shorn of their glory, they retain their place in the organism of knowledge.Philebus
When it was all shorn off she crept out of the room without opening her eyes.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Shorn was the unkempt mop of hair and vanished the impudent swagger.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
verb shears, shearing or sheared or Australian and NZ shore, sheared or shorn
Word Origin for shear
"shaven," late Old English scoren, past participle adjective from shear (v.).
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.