- short account,
- short and sweet,
- short ballot,
- short bill
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
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|Christopher Bray|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Jamie Dettmer|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Shrum|June 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The hair was shorn after the gassings, then efficiently dried in the crematoria so it could be industrially spun into carpeting.
He was no priest now—he was shorn of the profession which had been his life.The Perpetual Curate|Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Shorn of these, both alike find their strength is gone from them.
In the great hall feasts were held for 100 poor people; but the palace now is shorn of a good deal of its grandeur.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter|Percy Addleshaw
Hogs and Tegs: the first shearing of sheep that have not been shorn as lambs.Vegetable Dyes|Ethel M. Mairet
It is shorn of the honors, both of a humane and patriotic enterprise, and merged in the responsibility of a political misdemeanor.Abolition a Sedition|Geo. W. Donohue
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.