Sheared
Shear Shear (sh[=e]r), v. t. [imp. {Sheared}or {Shore};p. p. {Sheared} or {Shorn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shearing}.] [OE. sheren, scheren, to shear, cut, shave, AS. sceran, scieran, scyran; akin to D. & G. scheren, Icel. skera, Dan. ski?re, Gr. ???. Cf. {Jeer}, {Score}, {Shard}, {Share}, {Sheer} to turn aside.] 1. To cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is especially applied to the cutting of wool from sheep or their skins, and the nap from cloth. [1913 Webster]

2. To separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument; to cut off; to clip (something) from a surface; as, to shear a fleece. [1913 Webster]

Before the golden tresses . . . were shorn away. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To reap, as grain. [Scot.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mech.) To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See {Shear}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sheared — Synonyms and related words: abbreviated, abridged, abstracted, bobbed, capsule, capsulized, clipped, compressed, condensed, cropped, curtailed, cut short, digested, docked, elided, elliptic, mowed, mown, nipped, pollard, polled, pruned, reaped,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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