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English definition of “shear”

shear

verb [I] (BREAK)    /ʃɪər/ US  /ʃɪr/ (sheared, sheared or shorn) specialized
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
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