Definition of 'shear'
- (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
- cut with shears; "shear hedges"
- shear the wool from; "shear sheep"
- cut or cut through with shears