(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Misspelling of sheer.


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

Definition categories: phenomenon, deformation

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

Definition categories: man–made


1. cut with shears

- shear hedges

Definition categories: contact, clip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim

2. shear the wool from

- shear sheep

Similar word(s): fleece

Definition categories: contact, shave, trim

3. cut or cut through with shears

- shear the wool off the lamb

Definition categories: contact, cut

4. become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain

Definition categories: change