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 for Shear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shear \Shear\, v. i.
     1. To deviate. See Sheer.
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     2. (Engin.) To become more or less completely divided, as a
        body under the action of forces, by the sliding of two
        contiguous parts relatively to each other in a direction
        parallel to their plane of contact.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shear \Shear\, n. [AS. sceara. See Shear, v. t.]
     1. A pair of shears; -- now always used in the plural, but
        formerly also in the singular. See Shears.
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              On his head came razor none, nor shear. --Chaucer.
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              Short of the wool, and naked from the shear.
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     2. A shearing; -- used in designating the age of sheep.
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              After the second shearing, he is a two-shear ram; .
              . . at the expiration of another year, he is a
              three-shear ram; the name always taking its date
              from the time of shearing.            --Youatt.
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     3. (Engin.) An action, resulting from applied forces, which
        tends to cause two contiguous parts of a body to slide
        relatively to each other in a direction parallel to their
        plane of contact; -- also called shearing stress, and
        tangential stress.
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     4. (Mech.) A strain, or change of shape, of an elastic body,
        consisting of an extension in one direction, an equal
        compression in a perpendicular direction, with an
        unchanged magnitude in the third direction.
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     Shear blade, one of the blades of shears or a shearing
     Shear hulk. See under Hulk.
     Shear steel, a steel suitable for shears, scythes, and
        other cutting instruments, prepared from fagots of
        blistered steel by repeated heating, rolling, and tilting,
        to increase its malleability and fineness of texture.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shear \Shear\ (sh[=e]r), v. t. [imp. Shearedor 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.
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     Note: It is especially applied to the cutting of wool from
           sheep or their skins, and the nap from cloth.
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     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.
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              Before the golden tresses . . . were shorn away.
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     3. To reap, as grain. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
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     4. Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece.
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     5. (Mech.) To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See
        Shear, n., 4.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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"
      2: a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade
         through it
      v 1: cut with shears; "shear hedges"
      2: shear the wool from; "shear sheep" [syn: fleece, shear]
      3: cut or cut through with shears; "shear the wool off the lamb"
      4: become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "shear":
     abbreviate, abridge, abscind, abstract, amputate, annihilate, ban,
     bar, barb, barber, bare, bleed, bleed white, bob, boil down,
     capsulize, clip, compress, condense, contract, crop, cull, curtail,
     cut, cut away, cut back, cut down, cut off, cut off short, cut out,
     cut short, denudate, denude, deplume, despoil, displume, divest,
     dock, drain, dry, elide, eliminate, enucleate, epitomize,
     eradicate, except, excise, exclude, exhaust, expose, extinguish,
     extirpate, flay, fleece, foreshorten, impoverish, isolate,
     knock off, lay bare, lay open, lop, manicure, milk, mow, mutilate,
     nip, pare, peel, pick clean, pick out, pluck, poll, pollard, prune,
     reap, recap, recapitulate, reduce, remove, retrench, root out,
     rule out, set apart, set aside, shave, shorten, skin, skive, snip,
     snub, stamp out, strike off, strip, strip bare, strip off, stunt,
     suck dry, sum up, summarize, synopsize, take in, take off,
     take out, telescope, trim, truncate, uncloak, uncover, unsheathe,
     unveil, wipe out

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