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SHEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shear mean? 

SHEAR (noun)
  The noun SHEAR has 2 senses:

1. (physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
2. a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it

  Familiarity information: SHEAR used as a noun is rare.


SHEAR (verb)
  The verb SHEAR has 3 senses:

1. cut with shears
2. shear the wool from
3. cut or cut through with shears

  Familiarity information: SHEAR used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHEAR (noun)


Sense 1shear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

the shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram

Hypernyms ("shear" is a kind of...):

deformation (alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


Sense 2shear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("shear" is a kind of...):

edge tool (any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge))


SHEAR (verb)


Sense 1shear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut with shears

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

shear hedges

Hypernyms (to "shear" is one way to...):

clip; crop; cut back; dress; lop; prune; snip; trim (cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2shear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shear the wool from

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

fleece; shear

Context example:

shear sheep

Hypernyms (to "shear" is one way to...):

shave; trim (cut closely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3shear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut or cut through with shears

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "shear" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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