shorn

[ shawrn, shohrn ]
/ ʃɔrn, ʃoʊrn /

verb

a past participle of shear.

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OTHER WORDS FROM shorn

un·shorn, adjective

Definition for shorn (2 of 2)

shear
[ sheer ]
/ ʃɪər /

verb (used with object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.

verb (used without object), sheared, sheared or shorn, shear·ing.

noun

Origin of shear

before 900; (v.) Middle English sheren, Old English sceran, cognate with Dutch, German scheren, Old Norse skera; (noun) (in sense “tool for shearing”) Middle English sheres (plural), continuing Old English scērero, scēar, two words derived from the same root as the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM shear

shear·er, nounshear·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shear

shear sheer
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British Dictionary definitions for shorn (1 of 2)

shorn
/ (ʃɔːn) /

verb

a past participle of shear

British Dictionary definitions for shorn (2 of 2)

shear
/ (ʃɪə) /

verb shears, shearing or sheared or Australian and NZ shore, sheared or shorn

noun

See also shears, shore 3

Derived forms of shear

shearer, noun

Word Origin for shear

Old English sceran; related to Old Norse skera to cut, Old Saxon, Old High German skeran to shear; see share ²
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Scientific definitions for shorn

shear
[ shîr ]

A force, movement or pressure applied to an object perpendicular to a given axis, with greater value on one side of the axis than the other. See more at shear force stress strain.
See skew.
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