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English definition of “shear”

shear

verb uk   /ʃɪər/ us    /ʃɪr/ (sheared, sheared or shorn)

shear verb (CUT)

[T] to cut the wool off a sheep: The farmer taught her how to shear sheep.Cutting and stabbingAnimal farming - general words [T] to cut the hair on a person's head close to the skin, especially without care: He recalled the humiliation of having his hair shorn and exchanging his clothes for the prison uniform.Cutting and stabbingCare for the hair be shorn of sth to have something taken away from you: The ex-president, although shorn of his official powers, still has influence.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things

shear verb (BREAK)

[I] specialized engineering If part of something, especially something made of metal, shears, it breaks into two pieces, usually because of a sideways force: The old screws holding the engine casing had sheared (off).Metals and metalworkingChemical elementsTearing and breaking into pieces
shearing
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃɪə.rɪŋ/ us    /ˈʃɪr.ɪŋ/
sheep shearingCutting and stabbingAnimal farming - general words
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