- [[t]ʃɪər[/t]]v. sheared, sheared shorn, shear•ing,1) to cut (something)2) ahb. to remove by or as if by cutting or clipping:to shear wool from sheep[/ex]3) ahb. to cut or clip the hair, fleece, wool, etc., from:to shear sheep[/ex]4) to strip or deprive (usu. fol. by of):to shear someone of power[/ex]5) to travel through by or as if by cutting:Chimney swifts sheared the air[/ex]6) mec to subject (a solid body or structure) to shear7) to cut or cut through something with a sharp instrument8) mec gel to break along an internal plane in response to a force parallel to the plane9) scot. Chiefly Scot. to reap crops with a sickle10) Usu., shears. (sometimes used with a sing. v.)a) scissors of large size (usu. used with pair of)b) any of various other cutting implements or machines having two blades that suggest those of scissors11) one blade of a pair of large scissors12) ahb. the act or process of shearing or being sheared13) ahb. a shearing of sheep (used in stating the age of sheep):a sheep of one shear[/ex]14) ahb. the quantity, esp. of wool or fleece, cut off at one shearing15) bui Usu., shears. (usu. with a pl. v.) a framework for hoisting heavy weights, consisting of two or more spars with their legs separated, fastened together near the top and steadied by guys, which support a tackle16) a machine for cutting rigid material by moving the edge of a blade through it17) gel phs/meca) the tendency of a force applied to a solid body or structure, as a rock stratum, to cause deformation or rupture along a plane parallel to the forceb) deformation produced in this manner•Etymology: bef. 900; (v.) ME sheren, OE sceran, c. OFrisskera, OHG sceran, ON skera; (n.) ME sheres (pl.); cf. OE scērero (pl.), scēar (fem.) shear′er, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.