Shearing
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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  • Shearing — Shear ing, n. 1. The act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine, as the wool from sheep, or the nap from cloth. [1913 Webster] 2. The product of the act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine; as, the whole …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shearing — [shir′iŋ] n. 1. the action or process of cutting with or as with shears 2. something cut off with shears, as the amount of wool cut from sheep * * * (1919– ) an English jazz pianist and composer who was born blind. He has written many popular… …   Universalium

  • Shearing — bezeichnet George Shearing, (1919–2011), englischer Jazzpianist Eine Teppichknüpftechnik, siehe Scheren (Muster) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shearing —   [ ʃɪərɪȖ], George Albert, britischer Jazzpianist, * London 13. 8. 1919; von Geburt an blind; ging 1947 in die USA, wo er bald mit einem Quintett großen Erfolg hatte, das in der Besetzung mit Vibraphon und Gitarre kommerziell gefälligen Bebop… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • shearing — shearing. См. фрагментация [ДНК]. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • shearing — [shir′iŋ] n. 1. the action or process of cutting with or as with shears 2. something cut off with shears, as the amount of wool cut from sheep …   English World dictionary

  • shearing — UK [ˈʃɪərɪŋ] / US [ˈʃɪrɪŋ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms shearing : singular shearing plural shearings the process of cutting the wool from sheep …   English dictionary

  • shearing — /ˈʃɪərɪŋ/ (say shearring) noun 1. the act of shearing sheep. 2. the occupation of a shearer (def. 1). 3. the time or season of shearing sheep …   Australian English dictionary

  • shearing — 1. adjective Describing something (such as a shearing force) that tends to cut or tear. 2. noun The clipping of fleece from a sheep …   Wiktionary

  • shearing — noun Shearing is used after these nouns: ↑sheep …   Collocations dictionary

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