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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. [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.be shorn of sth to have something taken away from you: The ex-president, although shorn of his official powers, still has influence.

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).
shearing
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃɪə.rɪŋ/  us   /ˈʃɪr.ɪŋ/
sheep shearing

shear

noun [U] uk   /ʃɪər/  us   /ʃɪr/
movement in the plates in the surface of the earth that causes them to change shape or break
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