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Definition of 'shear'


  1. (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"
  2. a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it


  1. cut with shears; "shear hedges"
  2. shear the wool from; "shear sheep"
       Synonyms: fleece
  3. cut or cut through with shears

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