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"shear" in American English

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shearverb [T]

 us   /ʃɪr/ (past tense sheared, past participle sheared or shorn  /ʃɔrn, ʃoʊrn/ )
  • shear verb [T] (CUT)

to ​cut off the ​hair of an ​animal or a ​person: The ​barber sheared Jim’s ​hair, just like you’d shear a ​sheep.

shearnoun [U]

 /ʃɪr/
  • shear noun [U] (MOVEMENT)

earth science movement in the ​plates in the ​surface of the ​earth that ​causes them to ​changeshape or ​break
(Definition of shear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"shear" in British English

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shearverb

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

[T] to ​cut the ​wool off a ​sheep: The ​farmertaught her how to shear ​sheep. [T] to ​cut the ​hair on a person's ​headclose to the ​skin, ​especially without ​care: He ​recalled the ​humiliation of having his ​hair shorn and ​exchanging his ​clothes for the ​prisonuniform.be shorn of sth to have something taken away from you: The ex-president, ​although shorn of his ​officialpowers, 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 ​sidewaysforce: The ​oldscrewsholding the ​enginecasing had sheared (off).
shearing
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃɪə.rɪŋ/  us   /ˈʃɪr.ɪŋ/
sheep shearing

shearnoun [U]

uk   /ʃɪər/  us   /ʃɪr/
(Definition of shear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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