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A past participle of shear.
a past participle of shear
v. sheared, sheared shorn, shear•ing, v.t.
1. to cut (something).
2. to remove by or as if by cutting or clipping: to shear wool from sheep.
3. to cut or clip the hair, fleece, wool, etc., from: to shear sheep.
4. to strip or deprive (usu. fol. by of): to shear someone of power.
5. to travel through by or as if by cutting: Chimney swifts sheared the air.
6. to subject (a solid body or structure) to shear.v.i.
7. to cut or cut through something with a sharp instrument.
8. to break along an internal plane in response to a force parallel to the plane.
9. Chiefly Scot. to reap crops with a sickle.n.
10. Usu., shears. (sometimes used with a sing. v.)
a. scissors of large size (usu. used with pair of).
b. any of various other cutting implements or machines having two blades that suggest those of scissors.
11. one blade of a pair of large scissors.
12. the act or process of shearing or being sheared.
13. a shearing of sheep (used in stating the age of sheep): a sheep of one shear.
14. the quantity, esp. of wool or fleece, cut off at one shearing.
15. Usu., shears. (usu. with a pl. v.) a framework for hoisting heavy weights, consisting of two or more spars with their legs separated, fastened together near the top and steadied by guys, which support a tackle.
16. a machine for cutting rigid material by moving the edge of a blade through it.
a. the tendency of a force applied to a solid body or structure, as a rock stratum, to cause deformation or rupture along a plane parallel to the force.
b. deformation produced in this manner.
[before 900; (v.) Middle English sheren, Old English sceran, c. Old Frisian skera, Old High German sceran, Old Norse skera; (n.) Middle English sheres (pl.); compare Old English scērero (pl.), scēar (feminine)]