Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting- or clipping-instrument consisting of two pivoted blades with beveled edges facing each other, such as is used for cutting cloth, or of a single piece of steel bent round until the blades meet, the elasticity of the back causing the blades to spring open when the pressure used in cutting has ceased. The latter is the kind used, by farriers, sheep-shearers, weavers, etc. Shears of the first kind differ from scissors chiefly in being larger. Implements of similar form used for cutting metal are also called
shears. See also cuts under clipping-shearsand sheep-shears.
- n. Something in the form of blades of shears. (a) A pair of wings.
- n. In bookbinding, a long, heavy, curved knife, with a handle at one end and a heavy counterpoise at the other end of the blade, which cuts thick millboards, scissors, fashion, against a fixed straight knife on the side of an iron table.
- n. An apparatus for raising heavy weights. See sheers, 2.
- n. The ways or track of a lathe, upon which the lathe-head, poppet-head, and rest are placed.
- n. A shears-moth.
- In calico-printing, two metal clamps for holding the blade of the doctor on a cylinder printing-machine.
- In the steam fire-engine, the side frames which carry the weight of the boiler and engine and transmit it to the wheels.
- n. Plural form of shear.
- n. plurale tantum A tool consisting of two blades with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, used for cutting cloth, or for removing the fleece from sheep etc
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cutting instrument.
- n. An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, -- used for cutting cloth and other substances.
- n. A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, -- used for shearing sheep or skins.
- n. A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge.
- n. obsolete, obsolete Anything in the form of shears.
- n. obsolete A pair of wings.
- n. An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle.
- n. (Mach.) The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured. See
- n. large scissors with strong blades
“The blowout preventer, designed to cut off leaks with a series of valves and pipe shears, is still partially open.”
“I was so mad that I went out to buy a tin shears to cut their cable just like how they had cut the cable off when we first moved into the house because they thought we were pirating the television signal because we chose not to subscribe to Spanish programming.”
“Beside the shears were the blackened hunks of fingertips, although Gil counted only three, not four.”
“They are bound to think you are on your own, and their shears are all sharpened for the trimming of newcomers like you.”
“As she drew nigh, all eyes were fixed upon her broad beams, called shears, which, in some whaling-ships, cross the quarter-deck at the height of eight or nine feet; serving to carry the spare, unrigged, or disabled boats.”
“I found a steel bedpan in one load and a pair of surgical shears in another the bedpan was of no practical use, but the shears were a damned handy kitchen implement.”
“I saw a plane with radar technology which just came back from dealing with the difficult incident in Waco, Texas; and another plane -- defense technology -- another plane with a different sort of technology now which can be put on all of our commercial air flights to detect wind shears, which is one of the major causes of airline misfortunes now among commercial airlines.”
“Ladon, Pheres, Demodocus; his gleaming sword shears off Strymonius 'hand as it rises to his throat; he strikes Thoas on the face with a stone, and drives the bones asunder in a shattered mass of blood and brains.”
“The straight arm of the shears is the one to fix in the press, for if the bent arm be undermost, the knuckles are apt to be severely bruised against the end.”
“Under the conditions devised for the Beetle, the use of the shears is the indispensable complement of the use of the shovel; and the modicum of discernment at his disposal is enough to inform him when it will be well to employ the clippers.”
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