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 for Shear hulk
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 :

  Hulk \Hulk\, n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift
     ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho;
     perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed,
     fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. Wolf, Holcad.]
     1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the
        body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. "Some
        well-timbered hulk." --Spenser.
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     2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. --Skeat.
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     3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. --Shak.
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     Shear hulk, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or
        take out the masts of a ship.
     The hulks, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as
        prisons. [Eng.] --Dickens.
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