Shorn
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]


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  • Shorn — Shorn, p. p. of {Shear}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shorn — [shôrn] vt., vi. alt. pp. of SHEAR …   English World dictionary

  • shorn — [ʃo:n US ʃo:rn] the past participle of ↑shear …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shorn — a past participle of shear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shorn — shaven, pp. of SHEAR (Cf. shear) (q.v.), from O.E. scoren …   Etymology dictionary

  • shorn — [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] 1) ADJ If grass or hair is shorn, it has been cut very short. [LITERARY] ...his shorn hair. 2) ADJ: v link ADJ of n If a person or thing is shorn of something that was an important part of them, it has been removed from them.… …   English dictionary

  • shorn — un·shorn; shorn; …   English syllables

  • shorn — See: GOD TEMPERS THE WIND TO THE SHORN LAMB …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shorn — See: GOD TEMPERS THE WIND TO THE SHORN LAMB …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shorn — Synonyms and related words: abated, ablated, attenuated, bated, belittled, bereaved, bereaved of, bereft, consumed, contracted, curtailed, cut off, decreased, deflated, denuded, deprived of, diminished, dissipated, divested, dropped, eroded,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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