"shear" in the noun sense
physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
"the shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram"
a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
"shear" in the verb sense
cut with shears
2. fleece, shear
shear the wool from
cut or cut through with shears
"shear the wool off the lamb"
become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain
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