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Definitions of shear:
  • noun:   a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
  • noun:   (usually plural) large scissors with strong blades
  • noun:   (physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
    Example: "The shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram"
  • verb:   cut with shears
    Example: "Shear hedges"
  • verb:   cut or cut through with shears
  • verb:   shear the wool from
    Example: "Shear sheep"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #12730)

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