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Definition of shear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shear
    he / she / it shears
    past simple sheared
    past participle shorn
    past participle sheared
    -ing form shearing
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  1. 1[transitive] shear something to cut the wool off a sheep It was time for the sheep to be shorn. sheep shearing
  2. 2[transitive] shear something (formal) to cut off someone's hair shorn hair
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] shear (something) (off) (technology) (especially of metal) to break under pressure; to cut through something and make it break The bolts holding the wheel in place sheared off.
  4. Phrasal Verbsbe shorn of something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shear