- shear [shir]vt.sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing [ME scheren < OE scieran, akin to Ger scheren < IE base * (s)ker-, to cut > HARVEST]1. to cut with shears or a similar sharp-edged instrument2.a) to remove (the hair, wool, etc.) by cutting or clippingb) to cut or clip the hair, wool, etc. from3. to tear or wrench (off) by shearing stress4. to move through as if cutting5. to strip or divest (someone) of a power, right, etc.6. Dial. to reap with a sicklevi.1.a) to use a cutting tool, as shears, in trimming or cutting wool, shrubbery, metal, etc.b) Dial. to use a sickle in reaping2. to come apart or break under the action of shearing stress3. to move by or as if by cuttingn.[ME schere < OE scear]1.a) rare var. of Rare SHEARSb) a single blade of a pair of shears2. a machine used in cutting metal, esp. sheet metal3. the action, process, or result of shearing; specif., the shearing of wool from an animal: used in designating a sheep's age [a sheep of three shears]4.a) SHEARING STRESSb) any strain or distortion in shape resulting from the action of shearing stressshearern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.